Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Alucita hexadactyla

Alucita hexadactyla Linnaeus, 1758

many-plume moth

on Lonicera

Alucita hexadactyla: galls on Lonicera periclymenum

Lonicera periclymenum, Belgium, prov. Namur, Couvin © Stéphane Claerebout

Alucita hexadactyla: emerging larva

emerging larva

Alucita hexadactyla: larva


Alucita hexadactyla:  larva

usually the larva is white


The flower buds do not open and are somewhat malformed; de sexual organs inside are eaten by the larva. A single larva consumes the interior of several buds. The larva pupates in the ground.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, monophagous

Lonicera caprifolium, periclymenum, xylosteum.


Orneodes hexadactyla.


Very rarely the species acts a leaf miner, making a full depth, somewhat inflated and pleated mine with scattered frass.


Adolph, Kortstock, Niehoff & Schweitzer (2019a), Buhr (1964a), Csóka (2003a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Fazekas (2010a), Hart (2011a), Houard (1909a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Redfern & Shirly (2011), Robbins (1991a), Szőcs (1977a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 11.iv.2021