Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Calybites quadrisignella

Calybites quadrisignella (Zeller, 1839)

on Rhamnus, etc.

Calybites quadrisignella on Rhamnus cathartica

Germany, Hesse, Volkmarsen, NSG Scheid bei Volkmarsen, 2.vii.2020 © Hubertus Trilling

Calybites quadrisignella on Rhamnus cathartica



Initially a lower-surface, epidermal corridor, widening into a small full depth blotch in a vein axil. Most frass concentrated in the axil. The older larva lives free within a rolled leaf margin.

host plants

Rhamnaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Frangula alnus; Rhamnus cathartica, imeritina, saxatilis subsp. tinctoria.


Larvae in May – June and August – September.

Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Poland and Germany to Italy, Hungary and Romania; also Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Euspilapteryx, Eucalybites, quadrisignella.


Buszko (1992b, Hering (1957a), Jaworski (2009a), Maček (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 15.i.2022