Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scrobipalpa samadensis

Scrobipalpa samadensis (Pfaffenzeller, 1870)

buck’s-horn groundling


Young larvae make a short, very narrow gallery in the young leaves. Later they bore in the rhizome.

host plants

Plantaginaceae, monophagous

Plantago coronopus, lanceolata, maritima.


Mining larvae in autumn; hibernation in the rhizome.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from Ireland to Romania; also in Iceland and East Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body yellowish white with several salmon length lines; head, prothoracic plate and thoracic legs blackish brown; anal plate light brown (Bland ao, 2002a).


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Gnorimoschema, Lita, plantaginella (Stainton, 1883).


The way the mining by this species is discussed in Bland ao (1999a) suggests that this behaviour is only facultative.


Baldizzone (2004a, 2008a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Huisman & Koster (1996a), Jansen (1999a), Kaitila (1996a), Kasy (1959a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2010a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Rickert (2010a, 2011a), Skala (1950a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Wegner (2010a), Wegner, Kayser & van Loh (2007a).

Last modified 24.xii.2019