Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mompha locupletella

Mompha locupletella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

red mompha

Mompha locupletella: mines on Epilobium cf tetragonum

Epilobium cf tetragonum, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy © Steve Wullaert; ident. confirmed by Sjaak Koster

Mompha locupletella: mine on Epilobium palustre


Mompha locupletella: mine on Epilobium tetragonum subsp. lamyi

Epilobium tetragonum subsp. lamyi, Belgium, prov. Namur, Couvin, Gonrieux © Stéphane Claerebout


Oviposition on the basal part of the midrib. The young larva makes a number of short corridors radiating from this point, either in the same leaf, or on different ones; they have a central frassline, but their final sections are free of frass. Later on an elongate blotch is made, also beginning on the midrib (although not necessarily its basal part). Pupation external.

host plants

Onagraceae, monophagous

Epilobium alpestre, alsinifolium, lanceolatum, montanum, palustre, roseum.

Hering additionally mentions Ludwigia.


Larvae in late April – May, then again in July – early August (Koster, 2002b).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except large parts of the Balkan Peninsula, and the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).



See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Mompha, Psacaphora, schrankella (Hübner, 1805).


Baldizzone (2004a), Buhr (1935b), Buszko (1987a), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Hering (1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Mayr (2000a), Huisman & Koster (1998a), Klimesch (1960a[“schranckella”]), Koster (2002b), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1949a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Szőcs (1977a) .

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