Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Spuleria flavicaput

Spuleria flavicaput (Haworth, 1828)

yellow-headed cosmet

on hawthorn

Spuleria flavicaput: exit slit in Crataegus branch

Crataegus, UK, Norfolk, Downham Market, 23.iii.2020 © Rob Edmunds; conformation Ben Smart


During late summer the larva lives in a tunnel in the pith of a young thin shoot. The
± 3 cm long tunnel runs from the base of the shoot upwards. No frass is ejected, neither was frass found in the gallery. At the end of the gallery a narrow-oval exit opening is made. Just below the exit the gallery is closed by spinning. Pupation follows in late autumn, in the gallery.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Crataegus laevigata, monogyna.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


See Patočka.


Spuleria aurifrontella (Geyer, 1832).


Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Gerstberger (2000a), Klimesch (1960a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein, Gielis, Huisman ao (1988a), Patočka (1997a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a).

Last modified 25.iii.2020