Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Caryocolum vicinella

Caryocolum vicinella (Douglas, 1851)

coast groundling

Caryocolum vicinella: mine on Silene nutans

Silene nutans, Belgium, prov. Namur, Couvin, Pesche © Stéphane Claerebout: miner

Caryocolum vicinella: mine on Silene nutans

but also borer

Caryocolum vicinella: mine on Silene nutans

frass ejected from tunnel

Caryocolum vicinella: larva



According to Hering (1957a) the young larva lives as a leaf-miner, later as a stem miner. Bland ao (2002a) write that the young larva “possibly” is a leaf-miner, while the older larva lives among spun shoots. Huemer & Karsholt (2010a) do not mention mining at all in this species.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Cerastium arvense; Dianthus; Minuartia; Petrorhagia prolifera, saxifraga; Silene nutans, suecica, viscaria, vulgaris, uniflora; Spergularia rubra; Stellaria media.

In Britain found on Silene uniflora only. Huemer & Karsholt (2010a) doubt the occurrence on Dianthus and Minuartia.


Larvae from mid-April till early-June (Bland ao, 2002a).


BE recorded (Claerebout, 2016a).

NE not recorded (PESI, 2016)

LUX not recorded (PESI, 2016)

distribution within Europe

All of Europe (PESI, 2016).


Body green, prothorax reddish brown; head and prothoracic plate black; pinacula small, black See Bland ao, Claerebout, Schmid.


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Lita, Gnorimoschema, Phthorimaea, inflatella Chrétien, 1901.


The long list of hostplants and the uncertainty about the biology sheds doubt on the unequivocality of the interpretation of this species.


Baldizzone & Scalercio (2018a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Burmann (1990a), Claerebout (2016a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (1988b), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Kaitila (1996a), Klimesch (1953b, 1958a), Opheim (1977a), Parsons (1995a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schmid (2019a), Schütze (1931a), Segerer, Neumayr, Pröse & Kolbeck (1994a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 22.ii.2023