Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rhopobota myrtillana

Rhopobota myrtillana (Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)

bilberry bell


Tiny full depth blotch or broad corridor, practically without frass. The larvae soon leave their mines, and continue feeding at first in a web, later among spun leaves.

host plants

Ericaceae, monophagous

Vaccinium, myrtillus, uliginosum, vitis-idaea.

Mainly on V. uliginosum (Hering, 1957a).


older larvae (between spun leaves) observed in June and October (Swatschek).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Macedonia, and from Ireland to the Baltic States and Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


dirty yellowish green; head yellowish green, with two pairs of lateral spots. Prothoracic and anal shield yellowish green, prothoracic shield with a sharp black dot (Swatschek).


Epinotia, Griselda, Steganoptycha, vacciniana (Lienig & Zeller, 1846).


Disqué (1905a), Hering (1957a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Swatschek (1958a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Vos (2017a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 16.ii.2020