Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pristiphora testacea

Pristiphora testacea (Jurine, 1807)

on Betula

Pristiphora testacea: colony on Betula pubescens

Betula pubescens, Hungary, Kimle, © László Érsek

Pristiphora testacea: colony on Betula pubescens

young larvae

Pristiphora testacea: larva

mature larva (14.vii)

Pristiphora testacea: feeding damage

feeding damage

Pristiphora testacea: descending larvae

descending larvae

Pristiphora testacea: cocoons


Pristiphora testacea: cocoon



Eggs are deposited one by one in the angles of the leaf edge. This results in small ephemeral swellings, that sometimes we considered primitive galls, “procecidia”.

host plants

Betulaceae, monophagous

Betula humilis, pendula, pubescens.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Adam (1973a), Beneš & Holuša (2015a), Berland (1947a), Buhr (1964b), Macek (2012c), Prous, Kramp, Vikberg & Liston (2017a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Savina & Chevin (2012a), Taeger, Altenhofer, Blank, ao (1998a).

Last modified 23.iv.2024