Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Digitivalva pulicariae

Digitivalva pulicariae (Klimesch, 1956)

fleabane fanner


Whitish or brownish full depth blotch, preceded by a short corridor that originates on the midrib or in the leaf base. Frass grains irregularly dispersed; part of the frass is ejected from the mine. The larva makes several mines. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Pulicaria dysenterica.

According to Agassiz 1996a) occasionally also on Eupatorium cannabinum.

Kasy (1979a) found adults in places where no Pulicaria was present, but where Inula was abundant; he supposes therefore that the latter is a host plant too.


Larvae in June – July (Agassiz, 1996a); hibernation as adult.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Greece, and from Ireland to Bulgaria (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Uniformly yellowish green (dorsally a somewhat darker length line) with light brown head.


In a reticulate cocoon, onder a leaf or among litter.


Acrolepia pulicariae; A. granitella auct.


Agassiz (1996a), Gaedike (1972a), Gaedike & Baldizzone (2008a), Gerstberger (2000a), Hering (1930b, 1957a), Kasy (1979a), Klimesch (1956b, 1958a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & Kuchlein-Nijsten (2002a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), van Nieukerken & Koster (1999a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), Robbins (1991a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a), Szőcs (1977a).

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