Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Calybites phasianipennella

Calybites phasianipennella (Hübner, 1813)

little slender

on Persicaria, etc.

Calybites phasianipennella: mine on Persicaria maculosa

Persicaria maculosa, Leersum, 8.ix.2020 © Ben van As

Calybites phasianipennella: mine on Persicaria maculosa

mine and leaf roll

Calybites phasianipennella: mine and leaf roll on Lysimachia vulgaris

Lysimachia vulgaris, Poland, Bialowieza © Sébastien Carbonelle: mine and leaf roll

Calybites phasianipennella: cocoon

cocoon, taken out of the leaf roll

Calybites phasianipennella: pupa


Calybites phasianipennella mine

Lysimachia vulgaris, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Sampont; © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Calybites phasianipennella leaf roll

Rumex acetosella, southern England; © Rob Edmunds

Polygonum hydropiper, Dinther © Cun Wijnen

another one

Calybites phasianipennella mine

Persicaria dubia, Wolfheze; the two mines each contained a dead gracillariid larva, almost certainly C. phasianipennella. Perhaps the host plant was unsuitable.

Calybites phasianipennella mine

same mines, lighted from behind


Initially a pale, later brown, usually lower-surface blotch. The blotch is preceded by an epidermal corridor, but that may be obliterated by the later blotch. Silk at the inside of the mine causes it to buckle up a bit, and obtain folds. The reddish brown frass is accumulated in a corner of the mine. The older larva leaves the mine and continues feeding inside an untidy cone, made by cutting off a strip of leaf tissue and stitching it in place with silk. Here also the cocoon is formed.

host plants

Polyphagous in herbs

Chenopodiastrum hybridum; Fallopia baldschuanica, convolvulus; Lysimachia vulgaris; Lythrum salicaria; Oxyria digyna; Persicaria amphibia, hydropiper, lapathifolia, maculosa; Rumex acetosa, acetosella, aquaticus, hydrolapathum, obtusifolius.


Larvae from July till September; one generation per year, hibernation as pupa (Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson, 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).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Euspilapteryx, Eucalybites, phasianipennella.

parasitoids, predators

Sympiesis euspilapterygis.


Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Bouček (1959a)., Brown (1947a), Buhr (1935b, 1964a), Buszko (1992b), Corley, Merckx, Marabuto ao (2013a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Deutschmann (2008a), Drăghia (1972a), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), Hering (1921a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2005a), Jaworski (2009a), Klimesch & Skala (1936b), Kvičala (1938a), Nowakowski (1954), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (2004a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1950a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a), Utech (1962a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 30.v.2022