Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mompha miscella

Mompha miscella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

brown mompha

Mompha miscella mines

Helianthemum apenninum, België, prov. Namen, Yvoir © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Mompha miscella mine


Mompha miscella mine

Helianthemum nummularium, Pietersberg; herbarium material

Mompha miscella mine

Helianthemum nummularium, Belgium, prov. Namur, Dinant, Anseremme © Jean-Yves Baugnée

larvae, at the point of leaving its mine …..

…. and penetrating a new leaf

Mompha miscella mine

Helianthemum nummularium, Belgium, prov. West-Flanders, Adinkerke, Westhoek reserve: vacated mine, lighted from behind © Steve Wullaert

Mompha miscella: mine on Helianthemum nummularium

Helianthemum nummularium, Belgium, Viroinval, Dourbes, RN Montagne-aux-Buis © Stéphane Clarebout: initial gallery

Mompha miscella: mine on Helianthemum nummularium

with larva


Corridor, densely packed with frass, suddenly widening into a blotch that often occupies the entire width of the leaf, then overrunning the initial corridor. Frass in the blotch dispersed or clumped. The larvae can leave its mine and restart elsewhere. Pupation external.

host plants

Cistaceae, oligophagous

Cistus; Helianthemum apenninum, canum, nummularium & subsp. obscurum.


Larvae in October-April and June-July (Koster, 2002b).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Kuchlein, Bot & Schreurs, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, Ireland excepted (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Tebenna miscella.

parasitoids, predators

Hemiptarsenus waterhousii; Necremnus metalarus.


According to Lhomme, cited by Koster, the larvae of the second generation don’t mine but live of the flowers and seeds.


Askew (1968a), Baldizzone (2004a, 2008a), Biesenbaum (1995b), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Gebiola, Bernardo, Ribes & Gibson (2015a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Klimesch (1950c, 1956c, 1960a), Koster (2002b), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein, Bot & Schreurs (1999a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Schmid (2019a), Skala (1949a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Steuer (1995a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Vávra (2016a).

Last modified 19.i.2023