Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Hellula undalis

Hellula undalis (Fabricius, 1781)

old world cabbage webworm

Hellula undalis imago

Greece, Lefkas, Katouna, 31.viii.2021 © Laurens van der Linde


The young larva mines a blotch in the youngest leaves; the older larva lives free on the plant, spinning the leaves together with a copious amount of silk. They also bore in the stem.

host plants

Brassicaceae, Cleomaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Brassica oleracea; Cleome spinosa; Diplotaxis; Lepidium; Malcolmia littorea; Moricandia.


Larvae in April-May and September-October (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Britain and Denmark to the Mediterranean islands and the Black Sea coast (Fauna Europaea, 2009); in large parts of Europe only as a rare migrant.


Body, including pronotum and anal shield greyish green, wit 5-9 vague reddish brown length lines. Head dark brown; pinacula small, brownish black.


In tropical regions all over the world a pest op Brassicaceae crops.


Anagnou–Veroniki, Papaioannou–Souliotis, Karanstasi & Giannopolitis (2008a), Fiumi (2018a), Hering (1957a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Huertas Dionisio & Fuentes (2004a), Kravchenko, Poltavsky, Segerer, ao (2020a), Vegliante & Zilli (2007a), Vieira (2008a).

Last modified 4.viii.2023