Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Chrysoesthia drurella

Chrysoesthia drurella (Fabricius, 1775)

flame crest

Chrysoesthia drurella: young mines

Chenopodium spec., Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Retie, Prinsenpark; © Carina Van Steenwinkel: very young mines

Chrysoesthia drurella: mines

fully developed mines

Chrysoesthia drurella" larva


Chrysoesthia drurella mine

Chenopodium album, Amsterdam, 10.vii.2000


Oviposition on the upper side of the leaf. Mine a strongly contorted, often intestine-like corridor, often forming a secondary blotch. Much green frass in broad arcs. Full grown larva mostly on top of the midrib. Pupation external.

host plants

Amaranthaceae, oligophagous

Amaranthus; Atriplex calotheca, hortensis, patula, prostrata, sagittata; Chenopodiastrum hybridum, murale; Chenopodium album, bonus-henricus, ficifolium, giganteum, glaucum, opulifolium, quinoa, rubrum, suecicum, urbicum, vulvaria; Dysphania ambrosioides; Lipandra polysperma; Monolepis trifida.

Hartig (1939a) and Elsner ao (1999a) additionally mention Polygonum aviculare; xenophagy?


Larvae in May – June and August – September (Hering, 1957a), July – August and September (Bland ao, 2002a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, excluding Ireland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Microsetia hermannella: auct.


Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1958a, 1960a, 1970a, 1979a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Buhr (1935a,b, 1964a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Dobreanu (1937a), Drăghia (1972a, 1974a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1930b, 1957a, 1967a), ten Holt & Kuchlein (2006a), Huber (1969a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2007a), Kaitila (1996a), Klimesch (1958a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kvičala (1938a), Lhomme (1934c), Maček (1999a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a), Nowakowski (1954a), Parenti & Varalda (2000a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), Requena (2009a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1950a), Sønderup (1949a), Stolnicu (2007a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Ureche (2010a), Utech (1962a), van Wielink (2020a).

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