Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Digitivalva perlepidella

Digitivalva perlepidella (Stainton, 1849)

spikenard fanner


One or several broad corridors, radiation from the leaf base, often along the midrib, towards the leaf tip widening into a roundish blotch, not containing any frass. The larva, that seems to feed only at night, retreats during feeding pauses in the leaf base and is invisible then. Often two larvae in a mine. Pupation in a little separate mine (pupal chamber). Mines mainly in the lower leaves.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Inula conyzae.

In older literature often associated with Plantago major; this goes back to confusion with an Apteropeda mine (Hering, 1963a). Baraniak cites, next to Inula conyzae, also Solanum dulcamara as a host plant; a source is not given.


Larvae in April – May (Agassiz, 1996a), October till May (Hering, 1957a), April – May and July – August (Hering, 1963a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (van Nieukerken ao, 1993a;

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Britain to Bulgaria, and from Poland to the Pyrenees (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Pale yellow to greenish, head pale brown.


Acrolepia perlepidella.


Agassiz (1996a), Baraniak (1990a), Gaedike (1972a), Hering (1957a, 1963a), Klimesch (1958a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leideritz & Seliger (2013a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman, Koster, Kuchlein, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1993a), van Nieukerken & Koster (1999a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Szőcs (1977a).

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