Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Triberta cistifoliella

Triberta cistifoliella (Groschke, 1944)

on Cistus


The mine begins as an epidermal lower-surface corridor that closely follows a thick vein. It continues into a tentiform mine with strong folds, that may occupy almost an entire leaf, and be very transparent in the end. Frass in a loose accumulation. Very unusual is the fact that pupation occurs outside the mine, in a transparant cocoon.


Cistaceae, monophagous

Cistus creticus, monspeliensis, salviifolius.


Larvae in November, December, then again in June (Groschke, 1944a).


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

distribution within Europe

From Germany to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Greece; also Canary Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Phyllonorycter cisticolella: Hering, 1957a (error).


Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Groschke (1944a), Hering (1927a, 1957a, 1958a, 1967a), Klimesch (1979a), De Prins, Davis, De Coninck, Sohn & Triberti (2013a).

Last modified 18.viii.2019