Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Blastodacna atra

Blastodacna atra (Haworth, 1828)

apple-pith moth

on Malus


the larve mines from August till May of the following year in the bark of a young shoot, that may die as a result. The presence of the larva is indicated by a small heap of frass ejected through the entrance opening. Occasionally some swelling may occur. The larva is brownish-pink, head, prothoracic and anal shield dark brown.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Malus domestica.


Blastodacna putripennella (Zeller, 1839).


Contrary to what is stated by Roskam, the biology of Blastodacna vinolentella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854) is unknown.


Baldizzone (2004a), Buhr (1964a), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Huisman & Koster (1996a), Klimesch (1960a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Roskam (2019a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 24.viii.2019