Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scrobipalpa chrysanthemella

Scrobipalpa chrysanthemella (E Hofmann, 1867)


Mine usually in the tip of a basal leaf, occupying the full width, with short galleries extending to halfway down. The mine is puckered en contracted in folds. The larva makes several mines, the later ones more in the centre of the leaf. The first mines contains much frass, the later ones little or nothing. Fresh mines are light brown. Pupation either external or internal.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Leucanthemum atratum, vulgare; Tanacetum corymbosum.

Cited by Szőcs (1977a) als from Chrysanthemum, but without a specific name the chaotic nomenclature around the genera Argyranthemum, Chrysanthemum, Leucanthemum, Tanacetum precludes an intepretation. Citations of Artemisia absinthium probably refer to Scrobipalpa proclivella (Huemer & Karsholt, 2010a).


Larvae in October – November (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to Italy, Serbia, and Romania; also Central, East, and South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body yellowish with pink tones; pinacula small, black, ringed with yellow. Head brownish yellow, prothoracic shield divided, black (Hofmann, 1867a).


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Gnorimoschema chrysanthemellum, Lita chrysanthemella; Lita opificella Mann, 1877.


Mines in the ground leaves of plants in damp, shadowed situations in late autumn (Hofmann, 1867).


Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), E Hofmann (1867a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Mayr (2000a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Klimesch (1958a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Sattler (1986a), Skala (1950a), Szőcs (1977a).

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