Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter cytisella

Phyllonorycter cytisella (Rebel, 1896)


Lower-surface tentiform mine, with deep folds, that strongly contracts the leaflet. Pupation internal.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Cytisus proliferus.


Larvae in November-Januari, then again March-April (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands.


Lithocolletis cytisella.


Chamaecytisus proliferus, “tagasaste”, “escobón”, “Lucerne Tree”, is a rather important fodder crop in the Canary Islands, and, introduced, also elsewhere. Ph. cytisella, and to a lesser degree also Ph. cytisifoliae, according to Hering much more rare, therefore are local pest insects (e.g. Torres del Castillo ao, 1992a).


Deschka (1969b), Hering (1927a, 1957a), Klimesch (1979a), Nel & Nel (2000a), Torres del Castillo ao (1992a).

Last modified 27.iii.2021