Mompha subbistrigella (Haworth, 1828)

garden mompha

on Epilobium

Mompha subbistrigella: galled fruit of Epilobium

Epilobium cf montanum, Belgium, prov. Namur, Phillippeville (Cerfontaine), RN du Fonds des Vaux; © Stéphane Claerebout

Mompha subbistrigella: larva



The larva lives within the fruit, feeding on the ripening seeds; occupied fruits are characteristically curved.


Onagraceae, monophagous

Epilobium montanum, palustre, parviflorum, tetragonum.

Buhr (1964a) additionally mentions as a host plant: E. angustifolium, now -most of the time- Chamerion angustifolium. This is not repeated by later authors, and is probably incorrect.


Baran (2009a), Buhr (1964a), Itämies (2010a), Koster & Sammut (2006a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman, Koster, Kuchlein, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1993a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Szőcs (1977a).


mod 15.ii.2018