Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Epinotia mercuriana

Epinotia mercuriana (Frölich, 1828)

on Calluna, Dryas, Vaccinium


Larvae among spun leaves.

host plants

Ericaceae, Rosaceae, restricted polyphagous

Calluna vulgaris; Dryas octopetala; Vaccinium myrtillus.

On Lepiforum it is supposed that the species would live exclusively on Dryas. However, in the UK the moth has a much wider distribution than Dryas.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

larva, pupa

Pictures on Lepiforum; see also Swatschek.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Hancock & Bland (2015b), Lepiforum (2020), Swatschek (1958a), Thomann (1956a).

Last modified 16.ii.2020