Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Caryocolum petrophila

Caryocolum petrophila (Preissecker, 1914)

Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae

mine

Broad corridor, in one half of the leaf, running towards the leaf tip. Most frass is ejected; if this does not happen it forms a yellowish red mass in the centre of the corridor. The larva is remarkably active. Older larvae live free among spun shoot tips, causing window feeding, in the spun inflorescence, feeding on the flowers.

hostplants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Cerastium arvense; Stellaria graminea.

phenology

Larvae in May – June (Hering, 1957a).

BENELUX

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

distribution within Europe

Fennoscandia, Alps.

synonyms

Caryocolum petrophilum; Phthorimaea petrophila.

references

Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (1988b), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Kaitila (1996a), Klimesch (1954a, 1958c), Skala (1950a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 20.ii.2020