Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix maritima

Bucculatrix maritima Stainton, 1851

saltern bent-wing

Bucculatrix maritima mines

Aster tripolium, Schiermonnikoog © John van Roosmalen

Bucculatrix maritima mines

Also some fleck mines

Bucculatrix maritima: late mine on Aster tripolium

Aster tripolium, Belgium, prov. West Flanders, Knokke-Heist, Het Zwin: late mine © Steve Wullaert

Bucculatrix maritima: free living larva feeding on Aster tripolium

feeding pattern of a free living larva


Oviposition at the underside of a lef. At first a long, narrow, corridor with brown or black frass in a central line; the mine may be upper- or lower-surface of even interparenchymatous, and often enters the cortex of the stem. After some time this mine is vacated and the larva starts making several short full depth fleck mines. Some larvae keep this habit until short before pupation, others soon begin window-feeding. Pupation in a white or yellowish white, spindle shaped cocoon with 5 strong length ribs

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Tripolium pannonicum & subsp. tripolium (= Aster tripolium)


Larvae in April- May and July – August; how hibernation takes place is not known (Emmet, 1985a), but according to Patočka (1996a) is this as egg or young larva.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



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


Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buszko (1992b), Corley (2005a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Drăghia (1968a, 1974a), Emmet (1985a), Gerstberger (2003a), Hemminga & van Soelen (1992a), Hering (1928a, 1957a), Jansen (2005a), Kasy (1959a, 1965a), Klimesch (1937b), Kuchlein (2002a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Z Laštůvka, A Laštůvka, Liška ao (1992a), Patočka (1996a), Patočka &Turčáni (2005a), Ricker (2010a, 2011a), Sønderup (1949a), Svensson (1971a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Triberti & Braggio (2011a), Wegner (2010a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 24.xii.2019