Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Selania capparidana

Selania capparidana (Zeller, 1847)

Selania capparidana: mine on Capparis spinosa

Capparis spinosa, Greece, Peloponnisos, Olympia © Paul van Wielink

Selania capparidana mine

Capparis spinosa, Spain, Almeria, Enix; © Ginny Clarke


Full depth, very irregular, initially corridor-like, later more blotch-like mines. The larva makes several mines. The black-green, coarse frass grains are ejected for a large part. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Capparidaceae, monophagous

Capparis spinosa.


Mining larvae from September till March. Larvae of the summer generation feed in shoots, buds and fruits (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

Spain, Balearic Islands, Sardinia, Italy, Dalmatia, Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Cydia, Laspeyresia capparidana; ? Laspeyresia malcolmiae: Swatschek

parasitoids, predators

Necremnus cosmopterix.


Buhr (1930a), Clarke (2011a), Gebiola, Bernardo, Ribes & Gibson (2015a), Hering (1957a, 1967a), Infantino, Tomassoli, Peri & Colazza (2007a), Swatschek (1958a).

Last modified 28.v.2022