Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Platyptilia gonodactyla

Platyptilia gonodactyla (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

triangle plume


Larvae of the spring generation are born just before the winter. In the spring the bore in the stem, migrating from the base of the plant up to the receptacle of the flower head; the pupation takes aither place there, or on a leaf. The larvae of the summer generation live as leaf miners. They form
small, transparent, irregularly shaped full depth mines, less than a square cm, often several in a leaf. Frass granular, little or missing. After some time the larvae leave the mines and continue feeding freely at the leaf underside or under a folded leaf margin.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Petasites hybridus; Tussilago farfara.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Purple length lines. See Nel.


Baldizzone (2008a), Bigot, Luquet, Nel & Picard (1990a), Fazekas (1992a, 1993a), Fournier (2007a), Gielis (1996a), Hart (2011a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nel (1996a), Requena & Pérez De-Gregorio (2017a), Robbins (1991a), Sutter (1991a), Thomann (1956a).

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