Aspilapteryx limosella (Duponchel, 1843)

Aspilapteryx limosella mine

Teucrium chamaedrys, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Resteigne, Tienne des Vignes; © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Aspilapteryx limosella mine

another mine, that shows the strong length folds in the underside.

Aspilapteryx limosella: mine on Teucrium chamaedrys

Teucrium chamaedrys, Belgium, prov. Namur, Viroinval, Treignes, Mwène à Vaucelles © Stéphane Claerebout

Aspilapteryx limosella: larva



Lower-surface tentiform mine, upper surface often purple brown, lower surface pale green. Frass heaped in a corner of the mine. The larva moves three of four times to a new mine, depending on the size of the leaf. Usually the larva pupates in the mine, in a cocoon, but sometimes the larva leaves the mine and lives free for a while before pupating externally.


Lamiaceae, Asteraceae: polyphagous (?)

Teucrium chamaedrys, montanum; Jurinia cyanoides.

This polyphagy is surprising; perhaps two species are involved; it cannot be excluded either that Jurinea was mentioned incorrectly.


Larvae in May, July, and August – September (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Baugnée & Ellis, 2011a).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From Belgium and Poland to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Greece; also central and southern Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2011).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Species of strongly xerothermic habitats.


Baldizzone (2004a), Baugnée & Ellis (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Buszko (1992b), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Hering (1932g, 1957a), Klimesch (1942a, 1950c, 1951b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Triberti (1985a).


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