Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mirificarma cytisella

Mirificarma cytisella (Treitschke, 1833)


Larva among some spun leaflets. Facultative miner: sometimes the larva spins two leaves upon each other and mines them partially out from that cover. The result is fundamentally a fleck mine: a mine with an opening, by way of which the leaf has been mined out, and that contains no frass.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Calicotome spinosa; Genista; ? Laburnum anagyroides; Lembotropis nigricans; Ononis spinosa.


Univoltine; hibernation as pupa.


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

distribution within Europe

From France, Germany, Poland, and Central Russia to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

larva, pupa

Pictures on Lepiforum; see also Patočka & Turčáni.


Gelechia cytisella.


Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Hering (1961a), Klimesch (1950c), Lepiforum (2020), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Pitkin (1984a), Requena (2009a), Scalercio, Luzzi & Laudati (2015a), Schütze (1931a), Timossi, Bevacqua, Hausmann & Scalercio (2023a).

Last modified 6.i.2024