Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pexicopia malvella

Pexicopia malvella (Hübner, 1805)

hollyhock seed moth

on Malvaceae


The larvae feed in the ripening fruits. Hibernation as a larva, in a cocoon, amidst the emptied fruits.

host plants

Malvaceae, oligophagous

Alcea rosea; Althaea officinalis; Malva alcea, multiflora, neglecta, sylvestris, thuringiaca.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Cremaster in the form of six hooked hairs.


Aarvik (1987a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Huisman & Koster (1995a, 2000a), Parsons (1995a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Requena (2009a).

Last modified 24.i.2023