Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cosmopterix scribaiella

Cosmopterix scribaiella Zeller, 1850

new marsh cosmet

on Phragmites

Cosmopterix scribaiella mine

Phragmites australis, de Lutte; herbarium Sjaak Koster

Cosmopterix scribaiella mine

same mine, detail


Initially a corridor, but in the end half as wide as the blade. Widening of the mine is done by adding all tissue between two thick longitudinal veins. Most frass in the lowest part of the mine; part of it is ejected through a number of small holes. Both during hibernation as in the pupal stage the larva occupies the lowest part of the mine; the larva has spun a tube here into which it also retracts during feeing pauses (when lighted from behind, showing as as an opaque part of the mine). The pupa is laying head downwards, just above a preformed exit opening.

host plants

Poaceae, monophagous

Phragmites australis.


Larvae in August-April; hibernation in the mine (Hering, 1957a; Koster, 2002c).


BE recorded (De Prins, 1998a, province of Antwerpen), in 2005 also in Limburg (De Prins & Steeman, 2007).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a); rare (, 2008).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

All of Europe, excluding the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



See Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schmid.


Cosmopterix hermsiella (Hering, 1889).


Csóka (2003a), Drăghia (1968a), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Frey (1876a), Grandi (1931a, 1933a), Hering (1924b, 1957a), Huemer (2001a), Huisman & Koster (1997a, 2000a), Koster (2002c), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein, Gielis, Huisman, ao (1988a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Roweck & Savenkov (2010a), Schmid (2019a), Segerer & Grünewald (2013a), Skala (1949a), Starý (1930a), Sterling (1997a), Szőcs (1977a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a), Vítek, Liška, Sitek ao (2015a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a).

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