Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cosmopterix schmidiella

Cosmopterix schmidiella Frey, 1856

vivid cosmet


Large blotch, that may occupy an entire leaflet. During feeding pauses the larve rests in a silken resting place above the midrib, and is well hidden then. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Lathyrus linifolius, niger; Vicia sepium, pisiformis.

Preference for Vicia (Hering, 1957a).


Larvae in August – September (Koster, 2002c).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Britain to Romania, and from Central Russia to the Iberian Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009). Extinct in Britain (Koster, 2002c).


Head brown, mouthparts darker. Body (and thoracic feet) pale orange-yellow, purple dotted length lines dorsally and laterally. Prothoracic plate black, divided (Koster, 2002c).


Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Klimesch (1960a), Klimesch & Skala (1936a), Koster (2002c), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Skala (1949a), Szőcs (1977a).

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