Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cnephasia pasiuana

Cnephasia pasiuana (Hübner, 1799)

meadow shade

polyphagous on herbs


Contradictory opinions exist about the larval biology. Hancock & Bland write that the larvae feed on flowers, after het have been spun together. According to Meijerman & Ulenberg the first two larval instars are leaf miners, making gallery mines (but pasiuana is fully unknown in the leaf miner literature). Subsequently the larvae would live among spun leaves; the latter is in agreement with photos in Lepiforum.

host plants

Achillea millefolium; Agropyron; Anthemis; Artemisia campestris; Aster; Avena; Brassica; Centaurea scabiosa; Chrysanthemum; Cirsium; Colchicum; Echium; Erigeron acris; Hordeum; Humulus; Hypochaeris radicata; Leucanthemum vulgare; Linum; Medicago; Pisum; Ranunculus; Secale; Thalictrum; Tripolium pannonicum; Triticum.


Univoltine, hibernation as egg.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Grey to light brown; head light brown; prothoracic plate light brown, black markings; pinacula shining black.


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a)


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Fazekas & Szeőke (2011a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Lepiforum (2019), Meijerman & Ulenberg (2000a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).

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