Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Epermenia aequidentellus

Epermenia aequidentellus (Hofmann, 1867)

carrot lance-wing


Young larvae make several small, full depth communcal blotch mines. They have an opening at the underside, through which most frass is ejected. Mines mostly in the apical part of the composite leaves. Older larvae live externally on the plant under a light web.

host plants

Apiaceae, oligophagous

Angelica majpr; Anthriscus caucalis; Athamanta cretensis; Daucus carota; Meum athamanticum; Peucedanum; Pimpinella saxifraga; Seseli libanotis, montanum subsp. peixotoanum; Thapsia villosa; Torilis arvensis & subsp. neglecta.


Larvae in May – June and August – September (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

From Norway to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Greece, and from Britain to Estonia and Romania; Canary Islands, Madeira (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Head black; prothoracic shield also, divided by a light line. Body translucent yellow-green with a darker dorsal line and black or brown spots. The black head distinguishes the larvae from those of E. chaerophyllella (Hering, 1957a). Pictures in Schmid.


Epermenia aequidentella; E. daucellus (de Peyerimhoff, 1870).


In coastal areas, where the leaves of Daucus are more fleshy, the larvae complete their development within the mine (J Langmaid in Godfray & Sterling, 1996a).


Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Amsel & Hering (1931a), Budashkin & Gaedike (2005a), Burmann (1980c), Corley (2005a), Corley, Ferreira, Grundy, ao (2018a, Corley, Merckx, Marabuto ao (2013a), Gaedike (1966a, 1968a,b, 1972a), Gaedike & Baldizzone (2008a), Gaedike & Karsholt (2001a), Godfray & Sterling (1996a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1927a, 1936b, 1957a), Hofmann (1867a), Klimesch (1983a, 1950c), Schmid (2019a), Skala (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Wörz (1957a).

Last modified 29.i.2023