Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Limnaecia phragmitella

Limnaecia phragmitella (Stainton, 1851)

bulrush cosmet


According to not quite clear indications the young larvae would mine in the spongy tissue of the leaf sheaths; perhaps this happens only facultatively. Later they live in the ripening seedheads.

host plants

Typhaceae, monophagous

Typha angustifolia, latifolia.


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


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Head, prothoracic and anal plates brown, dark brown marked; whitish with five brown length lines, the dorsal one darkest and most sharply delineated.


Laverna phragmitella.


Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Habeler & Gomboc (2005a), Hiermann, Friebe & Mayr (2017a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2009a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Klimesch (1960a, 1989a), Koster (2002c), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Robbins (1991a), Schleich (1868a), Segerer, Neumayr, Pröse & Kolbeck (1994a), Skala (1949a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Szőcs (1977a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a).

Last modified 22.ii.2023