Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Leucoptera lathyrifoliella

Leucoptera lathyrifoliella (Stainton, 1866)

southern bent-wing

Leucoptera lathyrifoliella mine

Lathyrus sylvestris; from Hering (1933b)


Flat, upper-surface, oval blotch without a preceding gallery, with clear amounts of greenish frass. Sometimes more than one mine in a leaflet, that can merge. Pupation outside the mine.


Fabaceae, narrowly monophagous

Lathyrus latifolius, linifolius, pannonicus, pratensis, sylvestris, tuberosus.


Larve from June to late August (Emmet, 1985a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Finland to the Alps, and from Britain to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Widest in the metathorax; segment limits deeply constricted. Head shining pale yellow (darker in earlier instars), mouth parts light brown. Prothoracic plate divided, obscure, with a pair of darkened spots anteriorly. Thoracic feet small, shining pale yellow like the (Emmet, 1985a).


Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buszko (1981a), Emmet (1985a), Hering (1933b, 1957a), Kaila & Wikström (2004a), Mey (1994a), Šulcs (1996a), Stammer (2016a), Szőcs (1977a), Wörz (1957a).


Last modified 15.ii.2018