Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Jordanita globulariae

Jordanita globulariae (Hübner, 1793)


The larva begins by making a tiny full depth corridor. When the larva becomes bigger it starts living free. A number of times it makes a transverse slit in the lower epidermis, then eats away the leaf tissue, penetrating into the mine with the frontal part of its . The result is a number of fleck mines, without frass, with the opening in the form of a large, lateral slit. The larva mines till just before the pupation, that takes place externally (Ebert &a Lussi, 1994a).

host plants

Polyphagous on herbs

Centaurea diffusa, jacea, nigra, “rhaetica supsp. tridentina”, scabiosa & subsp. adpressa, stoebe; Cirsium acaulon, laniflorum, pannonicum, tuberosum.

In the experience of Ebert & Lussi (1994a) the species is exclusively living on Centaurea, but see Guenin (2011a). Mines belonging to a Jordanita have been found on Plantago, but the miner could not be identified to the species level (Hering, 1957a).

The occurrence on Globularia is strongly doubted by Guenin (2011a).


Larvae from July till May (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except Ireland, Fennoscandia, and the adjacent northern regions (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Dull flesh-coloured with two yellow white dorsal lines; head black, prothoracic plate with dark marking.


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a); pictures on Lepiforum.


Adscita, Ino, Procris globulariae.


Dupont, Luquet, Demerges & Drouet (2013a), Ebert & Lussi (1994a), Fernández-Rubio (1995a), Guenin (2011a), Hering (1957a, 1962a, 1964a), Lepiforum (2021), Lhomme (1934b), Maček (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Skala (1948a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 17.iv.2021