Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cataclysta lemnata

Cataclysta lemnata (Linnaeus, 1758)

small china-mark


Some of the newly hatched larvae mine for some days a duckweed lentil; the other live free. Soon they start making a case out of remnants of duckweed on which they feed, resembling the cases of caddisflies.

host plants

Araceae, monophagous



Univoltine. Larvae from October till May (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Practically all Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Greyish brown to brownish black; head light brown. See also Vallenduuk & Cuppen (2004a)


Within the larval case. See Patočka, Patočka & Turčáni for a description.


Adolph, Kortstock, Niehoff & Schweitzer (2019a), Grabe (1955a), Hering (1957a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Patočka (2001c), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a), Vallenduuk & Cuppen (2004a), Vallenduuk, Cuppen & van der Velde (1997a).

Last modified 11.iv.2021