Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Orthotelia sparganella

Orthotelia sparganella (Thunberg, 1788)

reed fanner

Orthotelia sparganella, mine on Typha latifolia

Typha latifolia, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Labuissière © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Orthotelia sparganella, mine on Typha latifolia

same mine, lighted from behind


Narrow gallery in a young leaf. After having mined for some time the larva becomes a borer in the stem or rhizome.

host plants

Polyphagous on helophytes.

Iris pseudacorus; Glyceria maxima; Schoenoplectus lacustris; Sparganium emersum, erectum; Typha latifolia.

Sparganium is the main hostplant.


Larvae in May – June (Agassiz, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Probably almost all Europe but missing in the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).



See Kyrki & Itämies (1986a), Patočka (1997a), and Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Orthotaelia sparganella.


Agassiz (1996a), Baraniak (1990a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Corley (2005a), Ernst (2009a), Friebe (2016a), Grabe (1955a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Wiesner (1997a), Kyrki & Itämies (1986a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Szőcs (1977a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a), Wieser (2016a), Wimmer (1997a).

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