Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Digitivalva reticulella

Digitivalva reticulella (Hübner, 1796)


Young larvae make a narrow corridor, starting in the leaf base, with a narrow frassline that often lies at one side. They can leave the mine and restart elsewhere. Later mines or mine sections are much wider; most of the frass is ejected (though grains may get stuck in the plant hair cover). Older larvae live free among the flower heads.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Filago arvensis; Gnaphalium sylvaticum; Helichrysum arenarium; Laphangium luteoalbum.


Mining larvae in March – April (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and Finland to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Bulgaria, and from Belgium to Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Body yellow, head brown (Hering, 1957a).


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Acrolepia, Digitivalva, cariosella (Treitschke, 1835).


Baraniak (1990a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1935b), Gaedike (1972a), Gerstberger (2000a), Hering (1957a, 1963a), Klimesch (1958a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 4.i.2023