Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Gnorimoschema ochraceellum

“Gnorimoschema ochraceellum” (Chrétien, 1915)


Mine strongly resembling the one of Scrobipalpa acuminatella: an elongate gallery on, and partly in, the midrib with extensions into the leaf that later fuse. The larva mines all its life; pupation external.



Cirsium erisithales; Echinops spinosissimus.


Body green with red length lines and spots. Thoracic segments 1 and 2, and anterior half of 3, red (Hering, 1957a).


Larvae from November till January, then again an April-May (Hering, 1957a).


The species is cited by Hering and Maček as “Gnorimoschema ochraceellum Chrét.” The original combination is Lita ochraceella Chrétien, 1915; I do not know in which genus the species is currently placed.

Hering associates the species in North Africa with Echinops, Maček associates it with Cirsium in Slovenia. However, Lita ochraceella is not a European species (Huemer & Karsholt, 2010a), and it is unclear how Maček arrived at this identification.


Hering (1957a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Maček (1999a).

Last modified 11.ix.2018