Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Microlechia chretieni

Microlechia chretieni Turati, 1924

Microlechia chretieni mine

Hyoscyamus aureus, Palestine; from Amsel & Hering (1931a)

Microlechia chretieni mine

Lycium afrum; from Hering (1927a)

Microlechia chretieni mine

Lycium barbarum, Spain; from Hering (1936b)


Full depth irregular corridor or blotch. The mines contain little frass because the larvae frequently move to a new mine. Especially in the older leaves, that sometimes are lightly spun together. Pupation now in, then outside the mine.

host plants

Solanaceae, monophagous

Lycium afrum, barbarum, europaeum, intricatum; Hyoscyamus aureus.


Mines in late May (Huemer & Karsholt, 2010a).

distribution within Europe

France, Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, Canary Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Body uniformly green, only segment margins somewhat paler. Head black, prothoracic plate dark green with brownish markings; thoracic feet brownish.


Gnorimoschema, Hedma, Megalocypha microcasis Meyrick, 1929; Lita, Phthorimaea micradelpha Walsingham, 1900; Teleia hyoscyamella Amsel & Hering, 1931 (nec Stainton, 1869); Telphusa hyoscyami Amsel, 1935.


Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Amsel & Hering (1931a), Hering (1927a, 1936b, 1957a, 1967a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Klimesch (1984a), Requena (2009a), Skala (1950a).

Last modified 27.i.2020