Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mirificarma mulinella

Mirificarma mulinella (Zeller, 1839)

gorse groundling

on broom, gorse, etc.

Mirificarma mulinella: trace on Cytisus scoparius

Cytisus scoparius, Laren (NH), Westerheide, 7.v.2020 © Ruud en Betty van Middelkoop: perforated flower bud

Mirificarma mulinella: larva

larva in the flower bud

Mirificarma mulinella: larva



The larva bores in a leaf or flower bud, rarely in a pod.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Calicotome spinosa; Cytisus grandiflorus, scoparius; Genista germanica, tinctoria; Lembotropis nigricans; Lupinus arboreus; Ulex europaeus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva, pop

See Huertas Dionisio (2012a).


Gelechia mulinella.


The relation indicated by Houard between “Gelechia mulinella” and Bartsia aspera is incorrect.


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Bouček (1959a), Corley, Rosete, Romão, ao (2015a), Houard (1909a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a, 2012a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), Pitkin (1984a), Tavares (1905a).

Last modified 22.vii.2022