Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Kessleria alpicella

Kessleria alpicella (Stainton, 1851)


The larv initially makes a narrow, full depth corridor with dispersed frass. Later several full depth blotches are made, that are virtually free of frass. Older lavae live free and cause window feeding from a dense spinning. Pupation external.

host plants

Saxifragaceae, narrowly monophagous

Saxifraga paniculata, rotundifolia.


Larvae probably hibernate twice.


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

distribution within Europe

Mountains of Central Europe, 1100-2000 m.

larva, pupa

Described by Patočka (1999b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a); pictures in Schmid.


Zelleria alpicella.


Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Friese (1963a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Mayr (2000a), Huemer & Tarmann (1991a), Huemer & Mutanen (2015a), Nel (1999a), Patočka (1999b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schmid (2019a).

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