Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter dubitella

Phyllonorycter dubitella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)

southern midget


Rather large, lower-surface tentiform mine, mostly between two side veins. The upperside is fiarly strongly inflated. The underside has many narrow folds, not easily seen because of the indumentum at the underside of the leaf.Pupa light brown in a tough, golden cocoon. Frass pakced in a corner of the mine. Neither mine, cocoon nor pupa enable to distinguish from those of Ph. hilarella (Gregor & Patočka, 2001a).

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Salix appendiculata, aurita, caprea, cinerea.


Larvae in July and September – October (Emmet ao, 1985a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and North Russia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Bulgaria, and from Britain to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Described by Gregor & Patočka (2001a) and Patočka & Turčáni (2005a). Cremaster large, about square, with a single pair of stout spines that are curved outwards.


Lithocolletis dubitella.

parasitoids, predators

Sympiesis sericeicornis.


Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Bouček (1959a), Buhr (1937a), Buszko (1992b), Davis & Deschka (2001a), Deschka (2014a), Deutsch (2012a), Deutschmann (2008a), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), Gegor & Patočka (2001a), Hartig (1939a), Huemer (1986b), Hering (1957a), Jaworski (2009a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donnner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Langohr (1984a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Nel & Varenne (2014a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Sønderup (1949a), Steeman & Sierens (2020a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a), Tourlan (1980a).

Last modified 29.v.2022