Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Perittia obscurepunctella

Perittia obscurepunctella (Stainton, 1848)

honeysuckle dwarf

Perittia obscurepunctella: mine on Lonicera periclymenum

Lonicera periclymenum, Belgium, prov. Namur, Nismes, RN les Abannets, © Stéphane Claerebout

Perittia obscurepunctella: mine on Lonicera periclymenum

same mine, underside, with some ejected frass

Perittia obscurepunctella: mine on Lonicera periclymenum

same mine, lighted from behind

Perittia obscurepunctella mine

Lonicera periclymenum, Einde-Gooi.


Brownish, full depth, inflated blotch, usually at the leaf margin, often with a central brown spot. Oviposition at the leaf underside (Bland, 1996a). Often 2-3 larvae in a mine. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, almost monophagous

Lonicera periclymenum, tatarica, xylosteum; Symphoricarpos albus.

Occurence on Symphoricarpos only quite rarely.


Larvae from June to early August (personal observations in the Netherlands in June only).


BE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden and Finland to the Pyrenees ad Slovakia, and from Ireland to the Baltic States and Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Described by Patočka (1997a, 1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Perittia oleae: auct. nec (Haworth, 1828).


Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Palka (2007a), Bland (1996a), Buszko (1990a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Hering (1923a, 1926b, 1957a), Huisman & Koster (1994a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Klimesch (1942a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Meijer, Smit, Beukeboom & Schilthuizen (2012a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Patočka (1997a, 1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2014a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1949a), Sønderup (1949a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Wörz (1957a).

Last modified 30.viii.2023