Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Caryocolum moehringiae

Caryocolum moehringiae (Klimesch, 1954)


Young larvae make a broad gallery with a considerable amount of frass. The older larvae live free among spun shoot tips or in a leaf that is rolled and secured with silk.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, monophagous

Moehringia bavarica, muscosa.


Larvae in April – May (Klimesch, 1954a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2011)


Mining larvae are yellowish with a black head; the free living larvae have their grass green (Klimesch, 1954a; Hering, 1957a).


Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Huemer (1988b, 2012a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Klimesch (1954a, 1958a), Nel (2006a), Szőcs (1977a), Wieser (2008b).

Last modified 25.i.2023