Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lunakia alyssella

Lunakia alyssella Klimesch, 1941

Lepidoptera, Plutellidae

mine

Minute mine, up to 3 mm, in the leaf margin. The larva soon leaves the mine and starts consuming the leaf from the basis on. The leaf, and later leaves that are consumed as well, is wrapped in a mixture of silk and plant hairs, forming a yellow-white felty mass of up to 2 cm.

hostplants

Brassicaceae, monophagous

Alyssum montanum.

phenology

Larvae in April, May, possibly later a second generation.

distribution within Europe

Austria (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

Yellowish, prothoracic shield concolorous.

references

Hering (1957a), Skala (1951b).

25/02/2011

Last modified 28.vi.2017