Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Syncopacma karvoneni

Syncopacma karvoneni (Hackman, 1950)


Possibly similar to the mine of Aproaerema anthyllidella: small full depth mine with an appreciable amount of frass. Only the first stage lives as a miner; later stages live between two or more spun leaves, causing window feeding. Pupation in the soil.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Astragalus alpinus, frigidus; Lathyrus palustris, pratensis; Melilotus albus; Trifolium pratense; Vicia cracca.


Pupation between late August and mid-September.

distribution within Europe

boreo-alpine distribution: Fennoscandia, North Russia, Switzerland (Fauna Europaea, 2012).


Body pale reddish with a conspicuous brown mottling, especially around the black pinacula. Head light brown, eye patch black. Prothoracic plate brown with black spots laterally; anal plate dark brown. Feet brown. Also the chaetotaxy is extensively described by Itämies & Kyrki (1983a). Pictures in Schmid.


Aproaerema karvoneni.


Huemer & Nel (2011a), Itämies & Kyrki (1983a), Kaitila (1996a), Schmid (2006a, 2019a).

Last modified 25.iv.2024