Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Monochroa moyses

Monochroa moyses Uffen, 1991

coast neb


Full depth gallery, up to 10 cm long, not in a particular section of the blade, usually ascending towards the leaf tip. The width at first is less than one mm, in the end it is up to 25 mm. The mine begins at a lower-surface hole, where the larva has penetrated the leaf. The mine is left before the hibernation, and this too is by way of a lower-surface opening. All frass is ejected; to this end the larva leaves the mine through its entrance, where it has spun a safety net, in which same frass grains will be trapped.

host plants

Cyperaceae, ? oligophagous

Bolboschoenus maritimus.

Perhaps also Sirpus sylvaticus.


Larvae in July, August (Uffen, 1991a), mid-August till mid- or late-September (Bland ao, 2002a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Britain, Benelux, Portugal (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body, including prothoracic and anal plates and feet, pinkish white; head light brown (Bland ao, 2002a).


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Buschmann & PastorĂ¡lis (2015a), Huisman & Koster (1994a, 2000a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2009a), Huisman, Koster, Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2003a), Jansen (2005a), Jansen & Asselbergs (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Parsons (1995a), Stark & Buchner (2016a), Uffen (1991a).

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