Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pragmatodes fruticosella

Pragmatodes fruticosella Walsingham, 1908


On Plocama the mine is full depth, transparent brown, with a dense clump of frass in the lower part. The mined leaves falls off shortly after the larva has left it.

The mine on Rubia starts as a frass-filled corridor, widening to a glassy full depth blotch with dispersed frass.

host plants

Rubiaceae, oligophagous

Plocama pendula; Rubia fruticosa.


From February on (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Full grown larva 3.5 mm, yellowish brown – reddish, head capsule black; prothoracic plate brown with pale median.


Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1984a).

Last modified 19.viii.2019