Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Aspilapteryx tringipennella (Zeller, 1839)

ribwort slender

Aspilapteryx tringipennella mine

Plantago lanceolata, Tilburg, de Kaaistoep; young mine, lighted from above.

Aspilapteryx tringipennella mine

same mine, lighted from behind

Aspilapteryx tringipennella mine

Plantago lanceolata, Oostvoorne, almost completed mine

Aspilapteryx tringipennella mine

Plantago lanceolata: completed mines may contract the leaf so strongly that the mine becomes almost invisible; Belgium, prov. Namur, Seilles © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Aspilapteryx tringipennella: mine on Plantago lanceolata

Plantago lanceolata, Belgium, prov. Namur, Viroinval © Stéphane Claerebout

Aspilapteryx tringipennella: exuvium

like is the rule in Gracillariidae, the pupa works itself half out of the mine before the imago emerges.


The mine starts as a long, tortuous, lower-surface (rarely upper-surfce) epidermal, silvery corridor. After a moult the larva works itself to the upper surface of the leaf and begins to make a blotch, soon a tentiform mine, astride the midrib. The mine contracts very strongly, causing the epidermis to develop strong folds, and the leaf to double, almost concealing the mine. Shortly before pupation the larva gnaws a window in the floor of the mine, leaving only the lower epidermis intact, as a preformed exit opening. Pupa in a white fusiform cocoon within the mine. Larvae that have hibernated generally leave their mine, and make a new tentiform mine elsewhere (Emmet ao, 1985a).

host plants

Plantaginaceae, narrowly monophagous

Plantago lagopus, lanceolata, maritima.

Triberti (1985a) also mentions P. atrata; however, conceivably this refers to Aspilapteryx spectabilis, a species not yet known at that time.


Larvae in June – July and, hibernating in the mine, October – April (Emmet ao, 1985a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).




Amsel & Hering (1933a), Baldizzone (2004a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Brown (1947a), Buhr (1935b), Buszko (1992b), Corley, Ferreira, Grundy, ao (2018a), Deutschmann (2008a), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a) Hellers (2017a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Jaworski (2009a), Klimesch (1942a), Klimesch & Skala (1936b), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Langohr (1984a), Nowakowski (1954a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Triberti (1985a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 27.ix.2021