Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Parornix finitimella

Parornix finitimella (Zeller, 1850)

pointed slender

Parornix finitimella: leaf roll on Prunus spinosa

Prunus spinosa, Belgium, prov. Namur, Couvin © Stéphane Claerebout


The mine starts as a lower-surface epidermal corridor, that becomes widened into a blotch. The end result is a small, strongly inflated, tentiform mine between two side veins. The leaf tissue is eaten away up to the upper epidermis. The lower epidermis is opaque, mottled greyish, and strongly folded. Finally the mine is vacated and the larve continues under a leaf tip of margin that has been folded downwards; at least two of such folds are made and eaten out from the inside.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Prunus armeniaca, avium, cerasifera, domestica & subsp. insititia, mahaleb, padus, persica, spinosa.

Under natural conditions P. spinosa, and to a lesser degree domestica, are the primary hostplants.


Larvae in June – July and August – October (Emmet ea, 1985a; Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Almost all Europe, except Ireland, the Iberian Peninsula, and parts of the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2010).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Ornix finitimella.


Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Biesenbaum (2010a), Buhr (1936a, 1964a), Buszko (1992b), Deutschmann (2008a), Emmet (1982a), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1988a), Huisman & Koster (1999a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Jaworski (2009a), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a, 2014a), Robbins (1991a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Thomann (1956a), Wieser (2008a).

Last modified 21.ii.2020