Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Vulcaniella grandiferella

Vulcaniella grandiferella Sinev, 1986

Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae


Irregularly shaped mine, mostly bwtween two main veins near the leaf base. The larva makes several mines, and spends most of its time outside the mine, in a silken tunnel under the leaf. Frass is ejected and accumulates near the entrance of the mine. Mines preferably in lower leaves, lying on the ground. Pupation external, often on the leaf.


Lamiaceae, monophagous

Salvia aethiopis, sclarea.

distribution within Europe

Serbia, Macedonia, Greece; Ukraine, South Russia (Fauna Europae, 2009).


Many older records of Vulcaniella pomposella in fact refer to grandiferella.


Koster & Sinev (2003a).


Last modified 18.vii.2017