Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aspilapteryx multipunctella

Aspilapteryx multipunctella Chr├ętien, 1916

Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae

Aspilapteryx multipunctella mine

Plantago arborescens, Teneriffa; from Klimesch (1979a)


The young larva spins 2-3 young leaves together, and mines them out completely. The older larva lives free in the centre of a bundle of leaves of the tip of a shoot, that are spun together. The frass is accumulated in the bottom of the enclosed space. For the pupation a cocoon is spin amidst the frass. The cocoon has a tubelike prolongation that extends up to a circular opening, closed with silk, that will permit the escape of the imago.


Plantaginaceae, monophagous

Plantago albicans, arborescens.


Larvae collected in January.

distribution within Europe

France, Spain, Canary Islands.


Aspilapteryx trinigipennella multipunctella; A. anagensis Klimesch, 1979.


Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1979a), Nel (2003a), Tribeti (1985a).


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