Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter scabiosella

Phyllonorycter scabiosella (Douglas, 1853)

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Phyllonorycter scabiosella mine

Scabiosa columbaria, Spain, Castilla y Leon: Cain, Rio Cares; © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Phyllonorycter scabiosella mine



Large, lower-surface tentiform mine with several folds that cause the leaf to contract strongly. Leaf around the mine often coloured violet. Pupa in a cocoon, frass in a corner of the mine. Mainly on seedlings and ground leaves.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, monophagous

Scabiosa columbaria, ochroleuca, triandra.


Larvae in July – August, then again, hibernating, in October – April (Emmet ao, 1985a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

NE recorded (Langohr, 1975a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From Britain to South Russia, and from Germany and Poland to Spain and Italy (Fauna Europaea, 2011).


Described by Gregor & Patočka (2001a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Lithocolletis scabiosella.


Deschka (2014a), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), Gregor & Patočka (2001a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Kuznetzov & Baryshnikova (2006a), Langohr (1975a), Laštůvka, Laštůvka, Liška ao (1992a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Nel & Varenne (2014a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Szabóky (2013a).

Last modified 25.i.2020