Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter roboris

Phyllonorycter roboris (Zeller, 1839)

gold-bent midget

Phyllonorycter roboris mine

Quercus robur, Belgium, Viroinval

Phyllonorycter roboris mine


Phyllonorycter roboris mine

the pupa seems to lie free in the mine; in reality it “floats” in an extremely loose three-dimensional network of silk


A large, lower-surface tentiform mine, c. 20 mm long, often not far from the leaf base. The lower epidermis seems smooth to the naked eye, but with a lens many fine length folds are visible. Frass as a black mass in a corner of the mine. Before ecdysis the pupa works itself halfway out of the mine; unlike the other western European oak Phyllonorycter, that have the exuvium pale olive or reddish brown, in roboris it is dark, blackish (Emmet, 1975b).

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus cerris, dalechampii, faginea, frainetto, x hispanica, macrocarpa, petraea & subsp. iberica, pyrenaica, pubescens, robur & subsp. pedunculiflora.


Larvae in July and September (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


parasitoids, predators

Achrysocharoides cilla, latreillii; Chrysocharis nephereus, pentheus; Cirrospilus lyncus, viticola; Closterocerus trifasciatus; Minotetrastichus frontalis; Pediobius pyrgo, saulius; Pnigalio pectinicornis, soemius; Sympiesis dolichogaster, gordius, sericeicornis.


Emmet (1975b) and Emmet ao (1986a) write that the cocoon lies in a white cocoon. This difference with my observation may be caused by the fact the in Britain the species has but one generation, while it has two in the European mainland. The pictures date from end September.


Baldizzone (2004a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1936a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Corley, Ferreira, Grundy, ao (2018a), Csóka (2003a), Deutsch (2012a), Deutschmann (2008a), Drăghia (1972a), Emmet (1975b), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), ffennell (1975a), Gregor (1952a), Gregor & Patočka (2001a), Harper & Langmaid (1978a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1934a, 1957a), Huemer (1986b, 2012a), Jaworski (2009a), Kasy (1983a, 1987a), Klimesch (1950c), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Nel & Varenne (2014a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Schmid (2019a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1951a), Starý (1930a), Stolnicu (2007a, 2008a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Tomov & Dimitrov (2007a), Tourlan (1980a), Yefremova & Kravchenko (2015a).

Last modified 3.vii.2022