Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Batrachedra pinicolella

Batrachedra pinicolella (Zeller, 1839)

pine cosmet


The larva lives in a silken tube, covered with fragments of bark and lichen on the bark of the older part of a branch. From this tube the larva mines the basal half of a number of leaves. The larva moults in the tube, and pupates in a side branch of it.

host plants

Pinaceae, oligophagous

Abies; Picea abies; Pinus.

Picea is the main host plant. The occurrence on Pinus needs confirmation.


Larvae from September till May.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Almost all Europe, except Ireland, the Mediterranean islands and the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Mining larva yellow brown with black head and pronotum and exceptionally long setae (Patočka, 1960a).


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Eustaintonia pinicolella.


Buhr (1935b), Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1960a), Koster (2002a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Modlinger & Liška (2016a), Patočka (1960a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1949a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Wegner (2010a), Wood (1887a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a).

Last modified 6.ii.2021