Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Dichomeris marginella

Dichomeris marginella (Fabricius, 1781)

juniper webber

Dichomeris marginella larva

Juniperus, USA © Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Archive,


The young larvae mine one or two needles. Later they live free in a communal web in which also much frass and remnants of needles are stuck.

host plants

Cupressaceae, monophagous

Juniperus communis.


Mining larvae in mid-summer; free living larvae till early summer of the following year (Freeman, 1967a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Almost all Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Head dark brown. Prothoracic plate light brown, rear margin dark brown. Body ana anal plate pinkish white with dark red dorsal and laterodorsal lines, Pinacula black. Thoracic feet blackish.


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Nothris marginella.


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Freeman (1967a), Gómez de Aizpúrua (1995b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Requena (2009a), Nothris marginella, Robbins (1991a).

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