Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter abrasella

Phyllonorycter abrasella (Duponchel, 1843)


Rather small, lower-surface tentiform mine, generally in the centre of the leaf. Lower epidermis with fine folds; upperside mottled green. Frass in a clump. Pupa in an oval, parchment-like cocoon that is free of frass, and lies loose in the mine.

host plants

Fagaceae, narrowly monophagous

Quercus cerris, ithaburensis subsp. macrolepis, trojana.


Larve in July, and in autumn from September (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

From Czechia and Slovakia to France, Italy, and Greece; disjunct also in South-Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Retinaculum with two pairs of very thin, almost straight spines. The inner and outer pair are so closely set together that they cover each other (Gregor & Patočka, 2001a; Patočka & Turčáni, 2005a).


Csóka (2003a), Deschka (1982a, 2014a), Gregor (1952a), Gregor & Patočka (2001a), Gregor, Šefrová, Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2022a), Hering (1934a, 1957a), Kvičala (1938a), Nel & Varenne (2014a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Tomov & Dimitrov (2007a).

Last modified 10.v.2022