Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scrobipalpa artemisiella

Scrobipalpa artemisiella (Treitschke, 1833)

thyme moth

on Thymus, Mentha

Scrobipalpa artemisiella larva on Thymus pulegioides

Thymus pulegioides, Belgium, prov. Namur, Seilles, RN Sclaigneaux à Andenne, 2.v.2018 © Ruben Meert: habitat

Scrobipalpa artemisiella larva on Thymus pulegioides

free-living larva

Scrobipalpa artemisiella larva on Thymus pulegioides

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Young larvae make small, brown, full depth blotch mines without frass in the young leaves, from the protection of a spinning. Later they cause upper-surface window feeding, while hidden among spun leaves.

host plants

Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Thymus praecox subsp. ligusticus, pulegioides, serpyllum; Satureja montana.

Possibly also Mentha; references to Achillea, Artemisia campestris, Centaurea panicalta, C. stoebe (“Acosta rhenana”) are incorrect, probably partly caused by confusion with Scrobipalpula psilella.phenology

Mining larvae in May – June (Bland ea, 2002a; Hering, 1957a; Jansen, 1999a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body dull brownish green, five purplish-brown length lines; second thoracic segment dark purplish-brown; pinnacula small, black; prolegs concolorous with body. Head, prothoracic and anal plates, and thoracic legs black (Heckford, 1955a). Jansen (199a) adds that some larvae have a brown, rather than green .


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Gnorimoschema artemisiellum.


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Heckford (1995a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Huemer & Mayr (2000a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Jansen (1999a), Kaitila (1996a), Kasy (1987a), Kuchlein & Donner (1991a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), van Roosmalen, Wijker & Knijnsberg (2013a), Sattler (1986a), Thomann (1956a), Wegner (2010a).

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