Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Hellinsia pectodactylus

Hellinsia pectodactylus (Staudinger, 1859)

on Asteraceae


The larvae bore in the flowers.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Galatella linosyris; Solidago virgaurea; Phagnalon saxatile.

The three hostplants form a surprisingly heterogeneous group (Galatella, Solidago: Astereae; Phagnalon: Gnaphalieae). Phagnalon is recorded by Walsingham (1908) as a host plant of Pterophorus melanoschisma, an endemic of the Canary Islands, considered synonymous with pectodactylus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Hellinsia pectodactyla; Pterophorus melanoschisma Walsingham, 1908.


Arenberger & Baez (2011a), Gielis (1996a).

Last modified 9.ix.2019