Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllonorycter vulturella

Phyllonorycter vulturella (Deschka, 1968)

Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae


Lower-surface tentiform mine between two side veins, always starting at the midrib; one strong fold. Upper side of the mine mottled, no central green patch. Pupa in a slender cocoon, frass grains along the side of the cocoon.


Betulaceae, monophagous

Alnus glutinosa.


The material from which this species was bred was collected in May.

distribution within Europe

Described from southern Italy; found also in France (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Rear margin of meso- and metanotum laterally with a pit. This, and also the shape of the cremaster approaches this species to Ph. rajella. However, nothing is said about the presence of spines ventrally on abd. 7.


Deschka (1969a), Nel & Varenne (2014a).


Last modified 18.vii.2017