Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Perittia carlinella

Perittia carlinella (Walsingham, 1908)

Lepidoptera, Elachistidae

Perittia carlinella mine

Carlina salicifolia; from Hering (1927a)


The mine begins as an upper-surface, little contorted corridor, that locally is almost completely filled with reddish brown frass. The corridor widens into an elliptic blotch, in wich much silk is deposited. The blotch thereby gets length folds, and in the end the leaf margins fold upwards over the mine. In the blotch the frass is concentrated as black grains in its oldest part. Here also the pupation takes place.


Asteraceae, monophagous

Carlina salicifolia.


Larvae in March, April (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands, Madeira (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Hering (1927a, 1957a), Kaila & Karsholt (2002a), Klimesch (1990a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Szőcs (1977a).


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