Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Monochroa rumicetella

Monochroa rumicetella (Hoffmann, 1868)


Large full depth blotch, that in R. acetosella may occupy almost the entire leaf. In R. acetosella the frass is concentrated in the leaf tip, in R. acetosa on the midrib. Pupation external (Hering, 1957a).

host plants

Polygonaceae, monophagous

Rumex acetosa, acetosella.

Mainly on R. acetosella (Hering, 1957a).


Larvae in July, August (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and Belarus to Portugal, the Alps, and Greece, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Red (Skala, 1950a).


The related M. sepicolella has long been a forgotten species, and it is well possible that the description above, and references below, partly refer to that species.


Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Kaitila 1996a), Klimesch (1958a), Leutsch (2011a), Maček (1999a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1950a), Šumpich, Liška & Dvořák (2011a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 1.ii.2020