Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mompha lacteella

Mompha lacteella (Stephens, 1834)

rust-blotch mompha


Large full depth blotch in the lower leaves. Much frass in coarse grains. The larva easily leaves its mine and restarts elsewhere. Pupation either in the mine or in the ground. Mines cannot be told apart from those of Mompha propinquella.

host plants

Onagraceae, monophagous

Epilobium hirsutum, montanum.


Larvae in March – April.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Prick ao, 2019a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and North Russia to Spain and Italy, and from Ireland to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body varying from yellowish pink to purple brown; head black with a light V-shaped marking. Prothoracic plate black, divided lengthwise; anal plate and feet dark grey (Sterling, 1988a; Koster, 2002b; Koster & Sinev, 2003a).


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Baldizzone (2004a), Buhr (1935b), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Heckford (1986a), Huemer (2005a), Klimesch (1960a), Koster (2002b), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein, Gielis, Huisman, ao (1988a), Laštůvka, Laštůvka, Liška ao (1992a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Prick, Cupedo, Koster & Schreurs (2019a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Sterling (1988a).

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