Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stomphastis conflua

Stomphastis conflua (Meyrick, 1941)

Stomphastis conflua: vacated mine on Ricinus communis

Ricinus communis, Cyprus, Xeros Potamos © Ian Barton: vacated mine

Stomphastis conflua: cocoon

larva

Stomphastis conflua: cocoon

cocoon

Stomphastis conflua mines

Ricinus communis, Palestine; from Amsel & Hering (1931a)

hostplants

Euphorbiaceae, monophagous

Ricinus communis.

phenology

Larvae in March, April.

distribution within Europe

Within Europe known only from Cyprus (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

synonyms

Acrocercops conflua.

notes

the material from Cyprus, illustrated above differs in several ways from the experience of Amsel & Hering in Palestine. Not only do they describe the larva with two black, rather than brown dots on the pronotum, but more importantly does the larva pupate there in a silken cocoon inside the mine. This hints at a (sub)specific difference between the two populations.

references

Amsel & Hering (1931a), Barton (2018b), Hering (1957a, 1962a).

Last modified 13.ii.2018