Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix noltei

Bucculatrix noltei Petry, 1912

Bucculatrix noltei mines

Artemisia vulgaris, Nieuwendam

Bucculatrix noltei mine

primary mine and secondary mines

Bucculatrix noltei mine

primary mine

Bucculatrix noltei mines

secondary mines

Bucculatrix noltei larva

larva in a secondary mine

Bucculatrix noltei: cocoon and exuvium

Artemisia vulgaris, Belgium, prov. Namur, Vierves-sur-Viroin © Stéphane Claerebout: the ribbed cocoon and the exuvium


The larva begins by making a very thin and slender corridor, often along the leaf margin, with a relatively broad, continuous, reddish brown frass line. After a while this mine is left and the larva starts making fleck mines. The vacated corridor ends in a relatively long larval chamber, free of frass. The fleck mines are rather small, made from below, neatly circular, white at first, later turning brown. Often tens of are made in a single leaf, lending infested leaves an unmistakable appearance.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Artemisia vulgaris.


Larvae from June to October (Hering, 1957a); bivoltine, hibernation as pupa (Patočka, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Finland to Belgium, Italy, and the Crimea, and from the Netherlands to Central Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



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


Bucculatrix petryi Martini?


Known in the Netherlands only from around 1980, now quite common there.


Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1955a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Borkowski (2003a), Buhr (1935a, 1964a), Burmann (1991a), Buszko (1992b), Fazekas & Schreurs (2012a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Hering (1924b, 1930b, 1957a, 1963a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2007a), Kasy (1965a), Klimesch (1937b, 1950c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz & Embacher (2012a), Leutsch (2011a), Michalska (1970a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Hendrickx (1987a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Svensson (1971a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Zoerner (1969a).

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