Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scrobipalpa murinella

Scrobipalpa murinella (Duponchel, 1843)

rock groundling


At first a linear mine that invades the leaf from the base up. Later leaves are slit open fom the side and completely mined out. Mines mainly in the lower leaves. While moving from one leaf to the other some silk is produced. Mined leaves turn yellow, bulge up a bit and buckle; in such a leaf the pupation takes place.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Antennaria dioica.

References to Gnaphalium = Omalothecium supinum are erroneous (Sattler, 1986a; Huemer & Karsholt, 2010a).


Larvae from June to August (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from Ireland to South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Klimesch (1943c). Whitish with three yellow, later red length lines; prothoracic shield with black markings.


Gnorimoschema murinella; Lita cacuminum: Klimesch (1943c) – see Huemer & Karsholt (1998a, 2010a).


Baldizzone (2008a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Heckford (2001a, 2010a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Karsholt (1998a, 2010a), Jansen (1999a), Kaitila (1996a), Klimesch (1943c, 1958a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Pröse (1997a), Sattler (1986a), Skala (1950a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 21.ii.2020