Digitivalva pulicariae (Klimesch, 1956)

fleabane fanner

mine

Whitish or brownish full depth blotch, prreceded 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.

phenology

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

BENELUX

BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

larva

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

pupa

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

synonyms

Acrolepia pulicariae; A. granitella auct.

references

Agassiz (1996a), Gaedike (1972a), Gaedike & Baldizzone (2008a), 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), Szőcs (1977a).

mod 25.xi.2018