Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scolioneura vicina

Scolioneura vicina Konow, 1894

Scolioneura vicina: mine on Betula pubescence

Betula pubescence, Aalten

Scolioneura vicina: mass occurrence on Betula pubescence

Betula pubescence, Diemen © Berend de Vries: mass ocurrence

Scolioneura vicina young mine

Betula pendula, Castricum: very young mine, 9.v.2011


Large, transparant, in fresh condition pale green blotch that begins at the leaf margin, without an accumulation of frass. The complete mine may occupy almost the entire leaf. Mine and larva are undistinguishable from those of S. vicina, but vicina larvae live from mid May till mid June, while the larvae of betuleti are found only in August – October (Altenhofer & Taeger, 1998a).

host plants

Betulaceae, monophagous

Betula payrifera, pendula, pubescens.


Larvae from mid May till mid June.


BE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE Recorded (Ellis, not rare).

LUX recorded (Chevin, Ellis & Schneider, 2011a).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden and Finland to Austria, and from Britain to Germany (Edmunds, 2008a; Fauna Europaea, 2008).



A study by Leppänen, Altenhofer, Liston & Nyman (2012a) has shown that at the DNA-level there is no difference with Scolioneura betuleti. Probably both species will have to be synonymised, in which case the oldest name, viz. betuleti, will be the valid one.


Altenhofer (2003a), Altenhofer & Taeger (1998a), Beneš & Holuša (2015a), Blank ao (1998a), Chevin, Ellis & Schneider (2011a) , Digweed ao (2009a), Edmunds (2008a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2006a), Haase (1942a), Kozlov, van Nieukerken, Zverev & Zvereva (2013a), Liston & O’Connor (2005a), Savina & Chevin (2012a), Taeger, Blank & Liston (2006a), Leppänen, Altenhofer, Liston & Nyman (2012a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Roller & Macek (2017a), Savina & Chevin (2012a), Taeger ao (1998a), Zombori (1978a).

Last modified 13.iv.2020