Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Caryocolum alsinella

Caryocolum alsinella (Zeller, 1868)

narrow groundling


The young larvae mine, but the mine is not described. Later they live in the inflorescence, that is spun together.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Arenaria montana; Cerastium arvense, diffusum, fontanum, semidecandrum; Minuartia verna; Moehringia; Stellaria.


Mining larvae in May (Bland ao, 2002a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, but seems to be missing in Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body yellow or light green, head black; pronotum reddish brown with a black plate; pinacula minute, black


Caryocolum alsinellum.


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Huemer (1988b), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Kaitila (1996a), Klimesch (1954a), Kovács & Kovács (2022a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a) van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Parsons (1995a), De Prins (1998a), Vávra (2016a), Wegner (2010a, 2013a).

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