Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scrobipalpa spergulariella

Scrobipalpa spergulariella (Chr├ętien, 1910)


The larva spins groups of leaves together and mines them out, but may also live free in the inflorescence.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, monophagous

Spergularia media.

In the original description, “Spergularia azorica” is mentioned as the host plant, but that is en endemic of the Azores.

distribution within Europe

Southern France, Sicily, Greek mainland, Crete (Fauna Europaea, 2011).


Head light brown, prothoracic plate shining black. First two thoracic segments dark brownish red, remainder of yellowish green. See also Nel (1999b).


Gnorimoschema spergulariella.


Bella & Karsholt (2015a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Nel (1999b).

Last modified 8.i.2020