Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter klimeschiella

Phyllonorycter klimeschiella (Deschka, 1970)

Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae

Phyllonorycter klimeschiella mine

Arbutus canariensis, Teneriffa; from Klimesch (1979a)


Initially a lower-surface epidermal corridor along the midrib. This makes place for a tentiform mine of 32-40 x 8-9 mm, with one Y-shaped fold. Frass mostly scattered throughout the mine, less often in a clump. The roof of the mine is completely eaten out, no green centre is remaining. Pupation within the mine, usually in its top part, in a cocoon of 5.5 x 1.5 mm, covered with frass. The mine is vacated through the underside.


Ericaceae, monophagous

Arbutus canariensis.

Preference for young shrubs.


Occupied mines found in January – March.

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands.


Described by Deschka (1969a). Abd2-4 laterally with a pair of heavy, outwards pointing spines, like in Ph. muelleriella. Cremaster with two pairs of spines, the inner pair much shorter than the outer one.


Deschka (1969d, 1972b), Klimesch (1979a).


Last modified 18.vii.2017