Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Platyptilia tesseradactyla

Platyptilia tesseradactyla (Linnaeus, 1761)

irish plume

on Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae


The young larva bores in the pith of the stem; there also it hibernates. After the winter its spins shoots together and feeds on the youngest parts; there it also pupates.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Antennaria dioica; Gnaphalium; Helichrysum arenarium.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2012).

distribution within Europe

Almost all of Europe, but not known from Britain, the Benelux, and the Balkan peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2012).


Head, thoracic feet and anal plate black; dull red with a red dorsal length line and an equally red irregular pair of lateral lines.


Baldizzone (2008a), Fazekas (1993a), GIelis (1996a), Hart (2011a), Nel (1996a), Sutter (1991a).

Last modified 4.ix.2019