Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Digitivalva granitella

Digitivalva granitella (Treitschke, 1833)

Digitivalva granitella mine

Inula conyza, Belgium, prov. Namur, Saint-Servais, carrières d’Asty-Moulin © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Digitivalva granitella mine



The mine begins with a long and narrow corridor, that, according to Hering (1957a) originates in the midrib or leaf base. This continues into a large, full depth blotch from which almost all frass is ejected. The larva can leave its mine, and restart elsewhere; min without initial corridor can occur therefore. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Inula conyzae, helenium.

References to Buphthalmum salicifolium and Pulicaria dysenterica are almost certainly, and to Inula britannica and Dittrichia viscosa probably, incorrect (zie Klimesch, 1956b).


Larvae in April – May, and June – July (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany and Poland to the Iberian peninsula, Sardinia, Italy, and Bulgaria (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Described by Patočka (1999b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a); lies in a reticulate cocoon.


Acrolepia granitella; Digitivalva variella (Müller-Rutz, 1920).


Amsel & Hering (1933a), Beiger (1979a), Buhr (1935b), Gaedike (1972a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Klimesch (1950c, 1956b), Patočka (1999b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins & Steeman (2014a), Schmid (2019a_, Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Szőcs (1977a).

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