Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mompha propinquella

Mompha propinquella (Stainton, 1851)

marbled mompha


Large full depth blotch in the lower leaves; much frass in coarse grains. The larva can make several mines. Pupation either in the mine or in the ground. Mines cannot be distinguished from those of Mompha lacteella

host plants

Onagraceae, monophagous

Epilobium hirsutum, montanum, palustre.


Mines in early spring (Koster, 2002b).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

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


Body brownish red; head black; prothoracic plate two dark brown rectangular sclerites; anal plate light brown, thoracic feet dark brown (Koster, 2002b; Koster & Sinev, 2003a).


Ahr (1966a), Buhr (1935b), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Hering (1957a), Huemer (1986b), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2003a), Klimesch (1960a), Koster (2002b), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Maček (1999a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1949a), Sønderup (1949a), Šumpich (2017a), Szőcs (1977a).

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