Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scrobipalpa halonella

Scrobipalpa halonella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)


The larva makes a corridor on top of the midrib; here he withdraws during feeding pauses. The inside is lined with silk and frass grains. From this main corridor irregular, often branching, corridors enter the leaf disk. Mines mostly in the ground leaves. The larvae frequently move to another leaf, thereby making silken tubes in which frass grains are trapped. Pupation external.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Centaurea scabiosa.

Elsner ao (1999a) mention additionally Artemisia absinthium, campestris; this needs confirmation.


Larvae in July; hibernation as pupa.


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

distribution within Europe

From France to Hungary, and from Austria to Italy (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Kasy (1985a), Sattler (1986a), Tokár, Richter, Richter, ao (2010a).

Last modified 10.iii.2021