Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phyllobrostis fregenella

Phyllobrostis fregenella Hartig, 1941

on Daphne

Daphne gnidium

Daphne gnidium, France, Corsica, Haute Corse, Galéria © Stéphane Claerebout

Phyllobrostis fregenella: mine on Daphne gnidium


Phyllobrostis fregenella: mine on Daphne gnidium


Phyllobrostis fregenella: mine on Daphne gnidium

mine, lighted from behind


Oviposition within the leaf tissue. The mine begins as a narrow corridor along the midrib, not far from the leaf tip. Then a large full depth blotch is made that can occupy the entire leaf. The brown frass is glued to the upper epidermis, and makes the mine opaque; only the sides remain transparent. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Thymelaeaceae, narrowly monophagous

Daphne gnidium.


Larvae in February and June (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

France, Iberian Peninsula, Corsica, Italy, Sicily; also NW Africa (Mey, 2006a; Fauna Europaea, 2009).


illustrated by Mey (2006a).


Buvat & Nel (1999a), Corley, Ferreira, Grundy, ao (2018a), Hering (1957a), Mey (2006a).

Last modified 5.vii.2021