Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pristerognatha penthinana

Pristerognatha penthinana (Guenée, 1845)

balsam marble

on Impatiens


the larva, a caterpillar, lives in the hollow stem between the root collar en the lowest node; here also hibernation and pupation takes place. This should be responsible for a reddening and swelling of the stem ; see however also th better known P. fuligana.

host plants

Balsaminaceae, monophagous

Impatiens noli-tangere.


See Swatschek.


Endothenia, Olethreutes, penthinana.


Baran (2009a), Bradley & Tremewan (1978a), Disqué (1905a), Buhr (1064a), Hancock & Bland (2015b), Huisman & Koster (1994a), Langohr (1984a), Roweck & Savenkov (2010a), Swatschek (1958a), Wegner (2015a).

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