Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Emmelina monodactyla

Emmelina monodactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

common plume, moning-glory plume moth

on Calystegia, Convolvulus, Ipomoea

Emmelina monodactyla on Calystegia sepium

Calystegia sepium, Belgium, prov. Limbourg, Wellen, Broekbeemd, 5.vii.2022 © Carina Van Steenwinkel: within this slightly inflated flower bud lives a larva

Emmelina monodactyla on Calystegia sepium

feeding larva

Emmelina monodactyla on Calystegia sepium

pupa, dorsal

Emmelina monodactyla on Calystegia sepium

reared imago (ex pupa 22.vii.2022)


Larvae live freely on and in the flowers and on the leaves.

host plants

Convolvulaceae, oligophagous

Calystegia sepium, soldanella, spithamaea; Convolvulus althaeoides, avensis, cantabrica, floridus; Ipomoea batatas, purpurea.

The many records of other, unrelated plants may perhaps partly be explained by the manner in which Convolvulaceae are intertwined with other plants.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva, pupa

Pictures on Lepiforum. See also Nel (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni, Schmid.


Pterophorus monodactylus.


Adolph, Kortstock, Niehoff & Schweitzer (2019a), Albu (2009a), Arenberger & Baez (2011a), Bigot, Luquet, Nel & Picard (1990a), Fazekas (1993a), Fazekas & Edmunds (2023a), Gielis (1996a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Klimesch (1993a), Lepiforum (2019), Nel (1989a, 1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schmid (2019a), Schütze (1931a), Sutter (1991a), Thomann (1956a).

Last modified 2.ii.2023