Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix chrysanthemella

Bucculatrix chrysanthemella Rebel, 1896

canary bent-wing

Bucculatrix chrysanthemella: damage to Argyranthemum spec.

Argyranthemum spec., Belgium © Chris Snyers: general aspect of the damage

Bucculatrix chrysanthemella on Argyranthemum spec.: young mines

young mines

Bucculatrix chrysanthemella: cocoons

two cocoons, one already vacated


At first a long gallery with a black central line. The older larvae make fleck mines by slicing open the leaf margin and mining into the leaf tissue from there. There is no free-living stage.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Argyranthemum frutescens, teneriffae; Gonospermum fruticosum.


Larvae observed in January – March (on the Canary Islands).


BE recorded in 2014 by Chris Snyers (Snyers, 2016a).

NE recorded (Snyers, 2016a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2014)

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands; with cultivated Argyranthemum introduced in France and Italy (Cocquempot & Nel, 2009a), Britain (Terry, 2012a), and even Finland (Siloaho, 2008a).


Cocquempot & Nel (2009a), Hering (1927a, 1957a), Klimesch 1979a), Siloaho (2008a), Snyers (2016a), Soors, Muus & Snyers (2016a), Terry (2012a).


Last modified 9.ii.2018