Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pseudohermenias abietana

Pseudohermenias abietana (Fabricius, 1787)


Leaves of the current year are mined out from a silken tube on the twig. Most frass is ejected into the tube. Older larvae live free.

host plants

Pinaceae, almost monophagous

Abies alba; Picea abies.

Only very rarely on Abies!


Mines in spring (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and northern Russia to the Pyrenees, Sardinia, and Italy, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Brownish, with shining black head; prothoracic plate brown, membraneous-white anteriorly, broad black posteriorly; labrum dark (Patočka, 1960a).


Described by Patočka (1960a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Olethreutes, Pseudohermenias, hercyniana Bechstein & Scharfenburg, 1805; Argyroploce, Esia, clausthaliana (Saxesen, 1840).


Buhr (1935b), Disqué (1905a), Hering (1957a), Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken ao (1986a) , Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Patočka (1960a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 16.x.2019