Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Adscita geryon

Adscita geryon (Hübner, 1813)

on Helianthemum (Geranium, etc.)


Young larvae make a number of rather large, untidy fleck mines. The opening of the mine is a slit at the side. The mines contain little of no frass. The lower-surface opening, by which the larva has entered the mine, is irregularly roundish. Older larvae live free on the plant.

host plants

Cistaceae, monophagous

Helianthemum canum, nummularium.

Less often also Erodium ciconium, cicularium; Geranium lucidum, robertianum, sanguineum.


Larvae from July till May the following year (Tremewan, 1985a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

South of the line Britain-Ukraine; not in Ireland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


See Lepiforum, Tremewan.


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Ino, Procris geryon.


The description of the mine above is based mainly on Hering (1957a). However, it should be noted that Ebert & Lussi (1994a) do not at all mention a mining behaviour in this species.


Dupont, Luquet, Demerges & Drouet (2013a), Ebert & Lussi (1994a), Fazekas (2021c), Fernández-Rubio (1995a), Hering (1957a, 1964a), Jakšić, Tarmann & Nahirnić (2019a), Keil (1993a), Latasa Asso (1999a), Lepiforum (2021), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Peslier (2000c), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1948a), Šumpich, Žemlička & Dvořák (2013a), Szőcs (1977a), Tremewan (1985a), Žemlička (2011a),

Last modified 8.xii.2021