Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Calybites magnifica

Calybites magnifica (Stainton, 1867)



Egg at the underside of the leaf. Here begins a long, lower-surface, strongly branching, epidermal, corridor. After a while deeper layers of tissue are eaten, and the mine develops into a tentiform mine with dispersed frass. Finally the mine is left, and the larva makes on another leaf a marginal roll, almost always folded downwards, which is eaten out from the inside. Thee larva leaves the roll for pupation by biting a round opening. Pupation takes place in a cocoon that is made at the margin usually of the same leaf. The cocoon is yellowish white, strongly shining, 7-9 mm long with a length fold.


Berberidaceae, monophagous

Epimedium alpinum.


Larvae in July, August.

distribution within Europe

Southern Alps and former Yugoslavia (J & W De Prins, 2010).


The mining larva is green, the free living one pale greenish yellow. Klimesch (1946b) gives a detailed account of the morphology and chaetotaxy.


C. 6 mm, pale yellowish. See Klimesch (1946b) for a description.


Caloptilia, Xanthospilapteryx magnifica.


Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1946b, 1950c), Maček (1999a).

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