Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Parornix petiolella

Parornix petiolella (Frey, 1863)

on Malus

Parornix petiolella: young mine on Malus domestica

Malus domestica, Hungary, Kimle © László Érsek: rather young mine

Parornix petiolella:  mine on Malus domestica

older, but not yet strongly contracted mine

Parornix petiolella:  mine on Malus domestica

frass heaped together


Upper-surface, epidermal, white-silvery blotch that may contract the leaf so strongly that all that is visible is a white line. The older larva lives free in a leaf margin that has been folded upwards.

host plants

Rosaceae, almost monophagous

Malus baccata, domestica, sylvestris; Prunus cerasifera.

Occurrence on Prunus only exceptionally.


Mining larvae in August, September (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to Italy, and from France to Central and South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2011).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a). The pupa lies in a tough cocoon, that lies in a leaf fold that has been closed with silk.


Ornix petiolella.


Biesenbaum (2010a), Deutsch (2012a), Gerstberger (2000a), Haslberger, Lichtmannecker, Heindel ao (2014a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Klimesch & Skala (1936b), Maček (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Pröse (1981a), Retzlaff (2012a), Schütze (1931a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a).

Last modified 18.i.2020