Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acrolepia autumnitella

Acrolepia autumnitella Curtis, 1838

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Acrolepia autumnitella: mine on Solanum dulcamara

Solanum dulcamara, Belgium, prov. Namur, Grand-Leez, Les Mottes © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Acrolepia autumnitella: larve


Acrolepia autumnitella: mines on Solanum dulcamara

Solanum dulcamara, Duin en Kruidberg


Rather large, untidy blotch, full-depth for most of its surface, very transparent, without feeding lines and without association with midrib or leaf margin. The larva makes several mines. Often only its anterior part is inserted in the mine, that remains free of frass then. Pupation outside the mine in a gauze cocoon.

host plants

Solanaceae, oligophagous

Atropa belladonna; Physalis alkekengi; Solanum dulcamara.


Larvae in June and September (Hering, 1957a; Agassiz, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2008).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

Almost entire Europe, possibly absent from Ireland and the southern Balkan (Agassiz, 1996a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).



Illustrated by Patočka (1997a, 1999b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).



Acrolepia, Digitivalva pygmaeana (Haworth, 1811).


Agassiz (1996a), Baraniak (1990a), Beiger (1955a, 1979a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1937a), Calf & van Dam (2012a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Drăghia (1972a), Gaedike (1972a), Grandi (1931a, 1933a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1931-32f, 1957a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Klimesch (1958a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), van Nieukerken & Koster (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), Oord (1997a), Patočka (1997a, 1999b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), De Prins (2008d, 2010a), Pröse (2006a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Surányi (1942a).

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