Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mompha sturnipennella

Mompha sturnipennella (Treitschke, 1833)

kentish mompha

on Chamerion

Mompha sturnipennella gall

Chamerion angustifolium, Belgium, prov. Namur, Gesves © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Mompha sturnipennella gall

vacated gall

Mompha sturnipennella larvae

larvae in opened gall

Mompha sturnipennella larva in gall

Chamerion angustifolium, France, Rhône-Alpes, Haute-Savoie, Les Contamines, 1200 m © Arnold Grosscurt. The striking colour of the larvae may be a sign that the larva is about to pupate, but may also be caused by the fact that the larva is parasitised (the tiny parasitoid larva is visible at right).

Mompha sturnipennella: larva emerging from a flower of Chamerion angustifolium

Chamerion angustifolium, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Mouscron © Stéphane Claerebout: larva of the summer generation


only the spring generation lives as a borer; the larvae of the summer generation live in the fruits, without any outwards sign of their presence.

host plants

Onagraceae, monophagous

Chamerion angustifolium.


Mompha nodicolella Fuchs, 1902.


Buhr (1964a), Chinery (2011a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Huemer (2007a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Klimesch (1960a, 1989a), Koops (2013a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a, 2010a), Krogerus & Schantz (1970a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Lambinon Schneider & Feitz (2012a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Segerer, Neumayr, Pröse & Kolbeck (1994a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Tomasi (2021a), Wullaert (2015a).

Last modified 2.iv.2023