Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ethmia aurifluella

Ethmia aurifluella (Hübner, 1810)

on Anchusa, Onosma


From a silken tube in the heart of the plant the larva tunnels in the stem to the root collar, that is eaten out so thoroughly that the plant dies. All frass is accumulated in the opper end of the gallery.

host plants

Boraginaceae, oligophagous

Anchusa; Onosma pseudoarenaria.

Experimentally the larvae developed well on Echium vulgare.


Univoltine; hibernation as pupa.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva, pupa

Pictures also on Lepiforum.


Psecadia aurifluella.


Bryner & Sonderegger (2016a), Lepiforum (2019), Pérez De-Gregorio (2003a), Thomann (1956a).

Last modified 17.ii.2020