Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix gnaphaliella

Bucculatrix gnaphaliella (Treitschke, 1833)


In autumn the larve makes a thread-thin corridor with a central frass line. In spring this is continued in a much wider corridor, but soon the larva leaves the mine, and starts making fleck mines, working at the leaf underside. According to Klimesch (1937b) the larve ultimately lives as a shoot borer. Pupation in a whitish, spindle-shaped cocoon without length ribs.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Gnaphalium; Helichrysum arenarium.


From autumn till May next year; a second larva generation, in July, lives free (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Dodinval, 1997a).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden and the Baltic States to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from France to Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Pale yellow; pronotum with black points (Hering, 1957a).


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


Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Buhr (1935b), Burmann (1991a), Buszko (1992b), Dodinval (1997a), Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1937b), Patočka (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Sønderup (1949a), Svensson (1971a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 14.i.2020