Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Celypha woodiana

Celypha woodiana (Barrett, 1882)

mistletoe marble

Celypha woodiana on Viscum album: young mine

Viscum album, France, dép. Calvados, Beuvron-en-Auge © Ruben Meert

Celypha woodiana on Viscum album:  mine

mine with entrance opening and frass at the outside

Celypha woodiana on Viscum album:  larva in the mine

larva in the mine

Celypha woodiana on Viscum album:  larva

full grown larva


In autumn the mine begins as a brown, narrow and inconspicuous, lower-surface corridor. The larva is capable of leaving its mine and restarting elsewhere, possibly in another leaf. In April – May of the following spring a full depth transparent blotch is made, from which most frass is ejected. The mined leaf soon drops, which makes the mine even more difficult to detect (Simpson, 2004a).

host plants

Santalaceae, monophagous

Viscum album.


Larvae from September till in May.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

South of the line Britain – Ukraine, but absent in Iberia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Deep green; described by Bradley ao (1979a).


Argyroploce, Olethreutes, woodiana.


Bradley ea (1979a) write that also the polyphagous tortricid Ditula angustiorana occurs on Viscum, leaving “blister like” feeding traces. This description does not match well with the normal habit of the species, suggesting a possible confusion with C. woodiana. In any case, angustiorana spins some leaves together in tortricid fashion, which, if needed, may help to distinguish it from woodiana.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (19739), Dvořák (2013a), Hancock & Bland (2015b), Hausenblas (2006a), Hayek (1960a), Hellrigl (2006b), Hering (1925a, 1926b, 1957a), Ivinskis, Rimšaitė & Pūtys (2020a), Parsons & McGill (2010a), Paulavičiūtė, Inokaitis, Švitra & Bačianskas (2020a), Pröse (1984a), Reichholf (2008a), Robbins (1991a), Seven & Özdemir (2007a), Simpson (2004a), Skala (1951b), Varga, Keresztes & Poczai (2012a), Weyh, Nässig & Zub (2010a).

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