Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Strophingia ericae

Strophingia ericae (Curtis, 1835)

on Calluna


Larvae on the green, low shoots; the sit head-down in an open leaf axil. In mountain areas development takes two years, in the lowland one year; hibernation as larva.

host plants

Ericaceae, narrowly monophagous

Calluna vulgaris.

Perhaps also Erica carnea (Hodkinson, 1981a).

References in the older literature to Erica cinerea probably are based on misidentifications.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Strophingia ericae larva

5th (final) instar larva (from Hodkinson, 1973a); see also Ossiannilsson


Baugnée, Burckhardt & Fassotte (2002a), den Bieman, Malenovský, Burckhardt & Heijerman (2019a), Burckhardt (1983a, 2002a), Burckhardt, Mühlethaler, Lauterer ao (2007a), Conci, Rapisarda & Tamanini (1992a), Hellrigl (2004a), Hodkinson (1973a, 1981a, 2009a), Hodkinson & White (1979a), Lauterer (1976a), Malenkovský & Lauterer (2012a), O’Connor & Malumphy (2011a), Ossiannilsson (1992a), Seljak (2006a, 2020a), Serbina, Burckhardt & Borodin (2015a), White & Hodkinson (1982a).

Last modified 23.v.2020