Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acrolepiopsis marcidella

Acrolepiopsis marcidella (Curtis, 1850)


part of the young larvae make a short, often arc-shaped gallery in a cladode (“leaf”) with greenish, later black frass that partly is extruded. Later they bore in the stem, with other larvae that are stem-borers from their start on. If the plant is in fruit the final-stage larvae also bore in the fruits.

host plants

Asparagaceae, monophagous

Ruscus aculeatus.

distribution within Europe

from Great Britain to Spain and the Canary Islands, and from Portugal to Bulgaria (PESI, 2017)..

larva and pupa

see Sterling & Langmaid.


Corley, Marabuto & Pires (2007a), Gaedike & Baldizzone (2008a), Sterling & Langmaid (1998a).

Last modified 19.i.2020