Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix argentisignella

Bucculatrix argentisignella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855


At first a very narrow, upper- or lower-surface gallery. Further on the gallery widens, and becomes full depth. Frass here in coarse grains in the centre of the corridor. The larva may leave its mine and continue elsewhere. Contrary to most Bucculatrix species the larva mines all its life. Pupation external.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Leucanthemum vulgare.


Larvae in May-June, then again in July (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Strongly disjunct distribution in France, central, eastern and northern Europe; possibly often confused with other species (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1956a, 1958c, 1990b), Liška ao (2000a), Nel & Varenne (2004b), Pröse (1981a), Svensson (1971a), Szabóky, Tokár, Liska & Pastorális (2009a), Szőcs (1977a).

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