Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scrobipalpa obsoletella

Scrobipalpa obsoletella (Fischler von Röslerstamm, 1841)

summer groundling


The larve bores in the pith of part the stem, that takes a fusiform shape. The frass is ejected through a hole in the stem, always at the base of the leaf or side branch. According to Hering (1957a) the larva makes excursions into the leaves, making irregular blotch hmines. However, according to Jansen this is only rarely the case, and Bland ao (2002a) do not mention this behaviour altogether.

In Hering’s time the difference between obsoletella and S. nitentella was incompletely known. Both species were even synonymized in 1961 by Sattler, and only in 1988 this synonymy was reversed by Povolný. Conceivably Hering described the biology of a mix of both species.

host plants

Amaranthaceae, oligophagous

Atriplex glabriuscula, halimus, litoralis, tatarica; Chenopodium.


Larvae in June – July and again from September. Hibernation as larva (Jansen) or pupa (Bella & Karsholt).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Light green when young, yellowish green later. Head light brown, pronotum blackish brown with a whitish border.


Gnorimoschema obsoletellum.


Much more than Sc. nitentella a species of ruderal vegetations (Povolný,1988a).


Bella & Karsholt (2015a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Buhr (1964a), Hering (1957a, 1963a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Jansen (1999a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kaitila (1996a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Povolný (1988a), Requena (2009a), Sattler (1961a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1950a), Šumpich & Vítek (2014a), Szőcs (1977a), Tomasi (2014a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 27.i.2020