Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Scythris polycarpaeae

Scythris polycarpaeae Klimesch, 1986

Scythris polycarpaeae mine

Polycarpaea nivea, Tenerife; scale line = 10 mm; from Klimesch (1986a)


The larva completely mines several leaves that haven been spun together. Frass grains are trapped in the spinning. Pupation external.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, monophagous

Polycarpaea nivea.

Larvae were also found on P. tenuis, but no mines were made there.


Larvae from January till March.

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Klimesch (1986a).

Last modified 9.ii.2020