Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter sorbi

Phyllonorycter sorbi (Frey, 1855)

rowan midget

on Rosaceae, Maleae

Phyllonorycter sorbi: mines on Sorbus aucuparia

Sorbus aucuparia, Dronten, Roggebotbos © Hans Jonkman

Phyllonorycter sorbi: mines on Sorbus aucuparia


Phyllonorycter sorbi mine

Sorbus aucuparia, Arnhem, Sonsbeek


Lower-surface, yellow-green tentiform mine with a few sharp folds in the epidermis. In Rowan the mine isparallel to the leaf margin, in Cherry usually between two lateral veins. The light brown cocoon lies in a wide where cocoon, in which no frass is incorporated; all frass is accumulated in a clump in an angle of the mine. Before hatching the pupa penetrates the mine wall; generally the exuvium remains stuck halfway out of the mine.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Chaenomeles japonica; Cotoneaster integerrimus; Crataegus monogyna; Cydonia; Malus sylvestris; Prunus avium, padus; Pyrus communis; Sorbus aria, aucuparia, chamaemespilus, domestica, intermedia, torminalis.

Rarely on Crataegus monogyna.


Larvae in June – July and September – October (Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson, 1985a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Europe, except the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Lithocolletis sorbi; L. padella Glitz, 1863.

parasitoids, predators

Achrysocharoides atys, cilla; Chrysocharis phryne; Hemiptarsenus ornatus; Sympiesis gordius, sericeicornis.


Barden (20021a), Barton & Rosewarne (2014a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Bouček (1959a), Buhr (1937a, 1963a, 1964a), Buszko (1992b), Deutschmann (2008a), Emmet, Watkinson & Wilson (1985a), Gregor & Patočka (2001a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hellers (2017a), Hering (1923a, 1957a, 1963a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1988a, 2012a), Huisman & Koster (1996a), Jaworski (2009a), Klimesch (1950c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2019a), Maček (1999a), Michna (1975a), Nel & Varenne (2014a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Tomov & Krusteva (2007a), Triberti (2007a), Yefremova & Kravchenko (2015a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970).

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