Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aristaea pavoniella

Aristaea pavoniella (Zeller, 1847)

Aristaea pavoniella: mine on Bellidiastrum michelii

Bellidiastrum michelii, Switzerland, Graubünden, Schuders, 1512 m © Sifra Corver

Aristaea pavoniella: larva


Aristaea pavoniella: larva

another view


The mine begins with a very shallow lower-surface corridor. This continues in a large full depth tentiform mine, that is strongly puckered. Its upper surface shows a distinct keel. Within this keel the larva has spun a cocoon, in which it retires during feeding pauses. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Aster alpinus, amellus; Bellidiastrum michelii (= Aster bellidiastrum).

Hering (1921a) also mentions Aster tripolium, but this is not repeated later, not even by himself.


Larvae in June – July and September – October (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

From Germany and Poland to Italy; moreover Central and South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Patočka (2001b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Micrurapteryx pavoniella.


Baran & Rynarzewski (2008a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1921a, 1928a, 1957a), Klimesch (1942c, 1950c, 1951b), Patočka (2001b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Szabóky (2013a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 3.ii.2020