Monochroa melagonella (Constant, 1895)

Monochroa melagonella: vacated mine on Rubia peregrina

Rubia peregrina, Spain, Asturias, Gijón, Rio Ñora: vacated mine © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Monochroa melagonella: mine on Rubia tenuifolia

Rubia tenuifolia, Cyprus © Ian Barton

mine

Large, very transparent blotch without a preceding corridor; inside not lined with silk. Much frass, dispersed, in black grains. Mines only in the older leaves.

host plants

Rubiaceae, monophagous

Rubia peregrina, tenuifolia.

phenology

Larvae in March and July (Hering, 1957a).

BENELUX

Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

According to the Fauna Europaea 92009) a west-mediterranean species (France, Iberian Peninsula, Italy) but also Cyprus.

synonyms

Stomopteryx melagonella.

references

Baldizzone & Scalercio (2018a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Hering (1957a), Kasy (1979a).

mod 19.viii.2019