Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mompha subbistrigella

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.

host plants

Onagraceae, monophagous

Epilobium montanum, obscurum, 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.


Hibernation as imago (Baran).


Baran (2009a), Buhr (1964a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Itämies (2010a), Klimesch (1960a), Koster & Sammut (2006a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Nunes (2021a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Szőcs (1977a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a).

Last modified 10.iii.2023