Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Heterarthrus leucomela

Heterarthrus leucomela (Klug, 1818)

Heterarthrus leucomela: mine on Acer pseudoplatanus

Acer pseudoplatanus, Denmark, September 4 © Simon Haarder

Heterarthrus leucomela: cocoon


Heterarthrus leucomela: prepupa

prepupa, dissected out of the cocoon


A large, upper-surface (often nearly full depth) blotch, without a hint of a preceding corridor, beginning in the tip of a leaf segment. Frass in loose grains. The larva makes a discoidal cocoon within the mine; the cocoon is not cut loose, but drops with the leaf to the ground. Like in all Heterarthrus species the larva has thoracic feet that are reduced to triangular stumps.

host plants

Sapindaceae, narrowly monophagous

Acer campestre, pseudoplatanus.


Larvae in August (ering, 1957a)


BE recorded (Boevé ao, 2009a).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark and Germany to the Ukraine (Sønderup, 1949a; Fauna Europaea, 2008).


Heterarthrus, Phyllotoma, aceris Kaltenbach, 1856; H. leucomelus.


Altenhofer (2003a), Altenhofer & Zombori (1987a), Blank ao (1998a), Boevé, Peter, Jacobs, ao (2009a), Buhr (1941a), Hering (1957a), Liston (1995b), Liston, Mutanen & Viitasaari (2019a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Sønderup (1949a), Späth & Liston (2003a), Taeger, Blank & Liston (2006a), Taeger ao (1998a), Viramo (1969a), Zombori (1976a).

Last modified 17.v.2020