Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Platyedra subcinerea

Platyedra subcinerea (Haworth, 1828)

mallow crest, mallow groundling, cotton stem moth

on Malvaceae


The larvae live in the flowers, feeding on the developing seeds. With spinning the calyx leaves are kept closed.

host plants

Malvaceae, oligophagous

Alcea nudiflora, rosea; Althaea officinalis; Gossypium herbaceum; Malva arborea, sylvestris, thuringiaca, trimestris.


In favourable climates two or more generations; hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Huisman & Koster (1994a, 1996a, 1999a), Parsons (1995a), Powell, Eichlin & Sperling (2011a), Requena (2009a), Wieser & Huemer (1997a).

Last modified 24.i.2023