Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Euspilapteryx auroguttella

Euspilapteryx auroguttella Stephens, 1835

gold-dot slender

Euspilapteryx auroguttella: mines on Hypericum perforatum

Hypericum perforatum, Belgium, prov. Namur, Jemelle © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Euspilapteryx auroguttella mineEuspilapteryx auroguttella

Hypericum perforatum, Meinweg, Duin en Kruisberg

Euspilapteryx auroguttella mine

Hypericum hirsutum, St. Gerlach; initial galleries

Euspilapteryx auroguttella: exuvium on Hypericum perforatum

Hypericum perforatum, France, dép. Bouches-du_Rhône, La Ciotat © Hélène Dumas: vacated mine with exuvium


The mine begins as an, occasionally quite long, lower-surface epidermal corridor. Its last section is widened into a blotch. Only then the larva begins to consume parenchymatous tissue and to line the inside of the mine with silk. The upper surface of the mine turns orange brown, and the leaf folds itself around the mine. Frass in a clump in a corner of the mine. In the end the larva leaves its mine, and then lives free in a leaf tip that has been folded downwards; here also the cocoon is made.

host plants

Hypericaceae, monophagous

Hypericum adenotrichum, cerastoides, elegans, hircinum, hirsutum, humifusum, maculatum, montanum, olympicum, perforatum, tetrapterum.


Larvae in June and September – October (Emmet ao, 1985a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva, pupa,cocoon


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Calybites, Eucalybites, auroguttella.


Baldizzone (2004a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1965a, 1970a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Brown (1947a), Buhr (1935b, 1964a), Buszko (1992b), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Chowaniec & Larysz (2024a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Deutschmann (2008a), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), Hering (1921a, 1924b), Huber (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2005a), Jaworski (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Maček (1999a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a), Michna (1975a), Nunes (2021a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), Robbins (1991a), Schmid (2019a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Triberti & Braggio (2011a), Zoerner (1969a).

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