Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter chrysella

Phyllonorycter chrysella (Constant, 1885)


Not unusually large, lower-surface tentiform mine with many very fine length folds, always in an axil of midrib and side vein. The mine causes the leaf to contract strongly. Pupation within the mine. Before ecdysis the pupa works itself half out of the mine through its uperside.

host plants

Betulaceae, monophagous

Alnus glutinosa, incana.


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

distribution within Europe

Southern France, Spain, Italy (Deschka, 1970a; Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Deschka (1970a). Abd7 ventrally without a group of spines. Cremaster with but one pair of spines; they are stout, on a broad base and curved outwards. The pupa rather resembles the one of Ph. froelichiella.


Deschka (1970a), Hering (1947a, 1957a).

Last modified 2.ix.2019