Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Silliana lhommei

Silliana lhommei (Hering, 1934)

Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae

on Phillyrea

Silliana lhommei: mines on Phillyrea latifolia

Phillyrea latifolia, France, Montpellier © Stéphane Claerebout

Silliana lhommei: mine on Phillyrea latifolia

mine, upperside, with red oviposition scar

Silliana lhommei: mines on Phillyrea latifolia

mines, underside

Silliana lhommei: occupied mines on Phillyrea latifolia

two occupied mines, lighted from behind

Silliana lhommei: larva in the mine

larva in the mine, ventral view


Large, full depth blotch, narrow at first, but often occupying a large part of a leaf in the end. At the start of the mine a conspicuous, upper-surface (always?) oviposition scar. Frass copious, black or brown, almost filling the entire mine; only along the sides a transparant zone remains. Pupation outside the mine.


Oleaceae, monophagous

Phillyrea angustifolia, latifolia.


Larvae in April (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Mediterranean Region, as far east as Crete (Taeger, Blank & Liston, 2006a).


Described by Covassi (1988a).


Syringophilus lhommei.


Preference for leaves in full sunlight (Buhr, 1941b).


Altenhofer (2003a), Blank ao (1998a), Buhr (1941b), Covassi (1988a), Hering (1934c, 1957a, 1967a), Liston (1995b), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a, 2006a), Taeger, Blank & Liston (2006a).


Last modified 7.vii.2017