Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scythris fallacella

Scythris fallacella (Schläger, 1848)

bronze owlet

on Helianthemum


The larva spins long threads from the soil to the top of the plant and moves up and down over them; pupation in the soil.

host plants

Cistaceae, monophagous

Helianthemum nummularium.

Baldizzone also mentions Traganum moquinii (Amaranthaceae); this is very unlikely.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

larva, pupa

See Heckford & Beavan, Patočka & Turčáni.


Baldizzone (2008a), Bengtsson (1997b), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Heckford & Beavan (2013c), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Requena & Pérez De-Gregorio (2017b), Schütze (1931a), Sutter (1994a).

Last modified 19.ii.2020