Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acrolepiopsis assectella

Acrolepiopsis assectella (Zeller, 1839)

leek moth

Acrolepiopsis assectella: mine on Allium schoenoprasum

Allium schoenoprasum, Belgium, prov. Liëge, Vieux-Waleffe © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Very variable mine: corridor or blotch, with or without frass, in the tubular leaves or in the stem. Pupation external, in a reticulate cocoon.

host plants

Alliaceae, monophagous

Allium ampeloprasum, cepa, fistulosum, lusitanicum, porrum, sativum, schoenoprasum.


Two generation in Sweden to up to eight on North Africa (Mason ao, 2011a); hibernation as a pupa or adult moths (Hering, 1963a; Landry, 2007a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe minus Ireland and the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Acrolepia, Digitivalva assectella.


An important pest on onion, garlic, and leek (Mason ao, 2010a, 2011a).

The reticulate cocoon strongly resembles the one of the related Plutella xylostella, but the material in assectella is clearly coarser (Landry, 2007a).


Aarvik, Karsholt, Larsen & Schnack (1988a), Baraniak (1990a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1935a), Gaedike (1972a), Gómez de Aizpúrua (2003a), Heppner (1987a), Hering (1957a, 1963a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Kasy (1965a), Klimesch (1958a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Landry (2007a), Mason, Appleby, Juneja ao (2010a), Mason, Weiss, Olfert ao (2011a), van Nieukerken & Koster (1999a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Wieser & Huemer (1997a).

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