Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Eutomostethus luteiventris

Eutomostethus luteiventris (Klug, 1816)

Eutomostethus luteiventris mine

Juncus effusus, Bunderbos: opened mine

head capsule of the moulted larva


Corridor, up to 30 cm in length, descending from the leaf tip. The larva eats the spongy parenchymatous pith. Regularly also bands of green tissue are consumed, which betrays the presence of a larva. The frass is whitish, felty, and becomes coarser all the while down the mine. In the higher parts of the mine frass-free stretches may occur, The final instar larva lives freely, feeding on young leaves.

host plants

Juncaceae, monophagous

Juncus articulatus, conglomeratus, effusus.


Larvae in early June-early August (Buhr, 1964a).


BE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (van Ooststroom, 1976a).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, with exception of the Iberian and Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Beneš & Holuša (2015a), Blank ao (1998a), Buhr (1964a), Çalmaşur (2019a), Haris (2009a, 2012a, 2018a), Hering (1957a), Hoop (1983a), Liston (1995b), Macek (2012c, 2014a), van Ooststroom (1976a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Robbins (1991a), Savina & Chevin (2012a), Scobiola-Palade (1974a), Taeger, Blank & Liston (2006a), Taeger, Altenhofer, Blank, ao (1998a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 30.ix.2020