Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix bechsteinella

Bucculatrix bechsteinella (Bechstein & Scharfenberg, 1805)

hawthorn bent-wing

Bucculatrix bechsteinella mineBucculatrix bechsteinella mine

Crataegus monogyna, Din en Kruidberg

Bucculatrix bechsteinella egg


Bucculatrix bechsteinella: vacated mine on Pyrus communis

Pyrus communis, Belgium, prov. Liège, Herstal, Petite Bacnure; © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Ovipossition at the leaf upperside, egg shell iridescent. Small, hooklike corridor, mostly in a vein axil. Frass in a very thick central line. The larve soon leaves the mine through an untidy hole and subsequenty feeds living freely on the leaf. Pupation in a spindle-shaped, yellowish white, strongly ribbed cocoon.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Amelanchier; Chaenomeles; Cotoneaster; Crataegus douglasii, laevigata, monogyna; Cydonia oblonga; Malus domestica; Mespilus germanica; Prunus domestica subsp. insititia, spinosa; Pyracantha coccinea; Pyrus bourgaeana, communis; Sorbus aria, aucuparia, torminalis.

Despite this long list of host plants, at least in NW Europe the species is found almost exclusively on Hawthorn.

Schütze (1931a) and Szőcs (1977a) also report the species from Hippophae. Since this plant belongs to the family Elaeagnaceae, which is closely related to the Rosaceae, this certainly is trustworthy.


arvae from June to August in two generations; hibernation as pupa.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, with possible exception of Greece and Bulgaria (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Mining larvae uniformly greenish yellow with a darker head and prothoracic shield (Emmet, 1985a).


Described by Patočka (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Bucculatrix crataegi Zeller, 1839.

parasitoids, predators

Zagrammosoma talitzkii.


Ahr (1966a), Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Borkowski (2003a), Buhr (1935b, 1964a), Burmann (1991a), Buszko (1992b), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2011a), Demyanenko, Bidzilya & Karolinskiy (2021a), Emmet (1985a), Hartig (1939a), Hellers (2017a), Hering (1921a, 1932g, 1957a), Huemer (1988a), Klimesch (1937b, 1950c, 1956a, 1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz & Embacher (2012a), Maček (1999a), Michna (1975a), Patočka (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (2010a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Svensson (1971a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Tomov & Krusteva (2007a), Wegner (2010a), Zoerner (1969a).

Last modified 4.viii.2023