Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Selania leplastriana

Selania leplastriana (Curtis, 1906)

cabbage piercer

Selania leplastriana mine

Moricandia arvensis, Spain; from Hering (1936b)


Normally the larva bores in the stem and side shoots; the frass is elected through a hole in the stem (Bradley ao, 1979a). Hering (1936b, 1957a) found that in Moricandia a broad corridor is made alongside the midrib, that finally widens into a blotch. Pupation external.

host plants

Brassicaceae, oligophagous

Brassica oleracea, tournefortii; Erysimum scoparium; Malcolmia; Moricandia arvensis.


Larvae from September till May (Bradley ao, 1979a).

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body pale bluish green, greyish white or yellowish white; head shining black; prothoracic plate blackish brown; anal plate pale brown; thoracic legs pale green.


Laspeyresia, Grapholitha, vana (Kennel, 1901); Laspeyresia malcolmiae Walsingham, 1903.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1979a), Corley, Cardoso, Nunes, ao (2022a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Klimesch (1987a), Skala (1951b), Swatschek (1958a).

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