Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stemmatophora brunnealis

Stemmatophora brunnealis (Treitschke, 1829)

polyphagous on herbs

Stemmatophora brunnealis imago

Greece, Lefkas, Katouna, © Laurens van der Linde


The larva feeds on the lower leaves from a very long white silken tube that reaches down deeply in the soil, between the roots of the host plant, and where it retreats during the day and upon disturbance, and were also the pupation takes place.

host plants

Epilobium dodonaei; Globularia vulgaris; Helianthemum oelandicum.


Univoltine; the adult emerges around September.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body pitch black, weakly shining; head, prothoracic and anal plates and legs dark brown; piancula black, each one bearing a reddish brown seta. When held in the hand the larva does not curl, but takes a rectangular attitude.


Reddish brown; see Patočka & Turčáni.


Actenia brunnealis.


Fiumi (2019a), Krone (1904a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).

Last modified 4.viii.2023