Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Caryocolum junctella

Caryocolum junctella (Douglas, 1851)

confluent groundling


Young larvae make mines, but the mines have not been described. Older larvae live among the tips of the shoots, that are spun together.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Cerastium arvense, glomeratum; Stellaria graminea, media.


Larvae in May – early June (Bland ao, 2002a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Most of Europe; absent from Ireland and the Mediterranean Islands, probably also from the Iberian Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body, including the anal plate, apple green; head black; prothoracic plate and thoracic feet blackish brown (Bland ea, 2002a).


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Huemer (1988b), Klimesch (1954a, 1989a), Opheim (1977a), Parsons (1995a), De Prins (1998a).

Last modified 24.i.2023