Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cosmopterix turbidella

Cosmopterix turbidella Rebel, 1896

Cosmopterix turbidella mine

Forsskaolea angustifolia, La Gomera; from Klimesch (1983a)

Cosmopterix turbidella mines

Parietaria debilis; from Hering (1927a)


The mine begins as a corridor that runs from the midrib in the direction of the leaf margin, following a lateral vein. Next the corridor widens into an irregular blotch. Most frass is ejected through a hole in the first section of the mine. Much frass grains are captured by spinning under the leaf. The larva regularly makes a new mine.


Urticaceae, oligophagous

Forsskaolea angustifolia; Gesnouinia arborea; Parietaria debilis, officinalis.


Larvae from March on.


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

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009); a record from Slovenia (Maček, 1999a) doubtless is a mistake.


Hering (1927a, 1957a), Klimesch (1983a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Maček (1999a), Skala (1949a).

Last modified 13.ix.2017