Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bucculatrix spina-christi

Bucculatrix spina-christi Amsel & Hering 1931

Bucculatrix spina-christi mines

Paliurus spina-christi, Palestine; from Amstel & Hering (1931a)


Short corridor, quickly widening into a blotch; the result is pyriform. Frass in the corridor section in a broad stripe, that continues for some length into the blotch. Older larvae live free on the leave, where they cause window feeding.


Rhamnaceae, monophagous

Paliurus spina-christi.

In the original description the hostplant is addressed as “Zizyphus spina-christi”. This is ambiguous, because at the one hand the names Zizyphus and Paliurus are often taken as synonym, but at the other hand Zizyphus spina-christi and Paliurus spina-christi are two distinct species. Hering (1957a) associates the species with Paliurus only.


Larvae found in March.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Described from Israel.


Amsel & Hering (1931a), Hering (1957a), Maček (1999a).

Last modified 17.ix.2018