Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Microlechia rhamnifoliae

Microlechia rhamnifoliae (Amsel & Hering 1931)

Microlechia rhamnifoliae mine

Rhamnus lycioides subsp. graeca, Palestine; from Amsel & Hering (1931a)


The larva spins 2-3 leaves flat on each other, and mines them out. The mine itself full depth and hooklike; it begins quite narrow but quickly widens into a blotch. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Rhamnaceae, monophagous

Rhamnus lycioides subsp. graeca.


Larvae in February – March.

distribution within Europe

Described from Israel.


Body dirty grey. Head and prothoracic shield shining black; the first two segments entirely dark brown (also ventrally); dorsally three reddish length lines.


Gnorimoschema, Hedma, Lita, rhamnifoliae.


Amsel & Hering (1931a, 1957a), Bidzilya, Karsholt, Kravchenko & Ĺ umpich (2019a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a).

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