Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Calamotropha paludella

Calamotropha paludella (Hübner, 1824)

bulrush veneer


Oviposiiton at the leaf margin. From here the larva bores into the leaf tissue, and makes a descending mine that contains much brown frass. The larva hibernates in the lowest part of the mine or in a cavity gnawn in the rootstock. After the winter it mines again in the, by now, dead leaf or in the stem. Pupation internal.

host plants

Typhaceae, monophagous

Typha angustifolia, latifolia.

According to Beirne (1954a) primarily on T. latifolia.


Larvae from September to April, May (UKmoths, 2010).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Probably all Europe, but missing in Ireland (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See UKmoths (2010a). Body yellowish brown; all segments bear two greyish brown shields, one behind the other, in fact strongly enlarged and fused pinacula. Head and prothoracic plate shining light brown, anal plate right brown.


See Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Crambus paludellus.


Beirne (1954a), Grabe (1955a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Wieser (2003a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Petersen, Friese & Rinnhofer (1973a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Szőcs (1977a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a).

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