Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix rhamniella

Bucculatrix rhamniella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

Bucculatrix rhamniella: mines on Rhamnus catharticus

Rhamnus catharticus, Poland, Zbocza Plutowskie Reserve (UTM CE20), herbarium specimens © Jaroslaw Buszko

Bucculatrix rhamniella: mines on Rhamnus catharticus

enlanged and lighted from behind


Oviposition at the leaf underside, close to a thick vein. From there runs a vey slender corridor of about 3 cm runs in the direction of the leaf margin, usually for some distance following the vein. The larve leaves its mine through a crescent-shaped opening in the lower epidermis, leaving a slender vacated larval chamber. Later larval stages cause window feeding.


Rhamnaceae, narrowly monophagous

Rhamnus cathartica, pumilis.


Larvae start to mine around mid July (Buszko, 1992a). Generally bivoltine; hibernation as pupa (Patočka, 1996a).


BE not recorded (Phegea, 2007).

NE Not recorded; see the note below.

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

Poland, Baltic States, Hungary, Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Buszko (1992a).


Described by Buszko (1992a), Patočka (1996a), and Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


A single mine, originating from the Netherlands that was attributed to to this species in the end turned out to be a very anomalous mine of B. frangutella. Dr. Buskzo is thanked for the identification.


Buszko (1992a,b), Hering (1957a), Patočka (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 16.ix.2018