Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (Scharfenberg, 1805)

white-headed ermine

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella: mines on Prunus spinosa

Prunus spinosa, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy, la Briqueterie de Rome © Steve Wullaert


The larvae make a small full depth corrisor in autumn. They pass the winter in a hibernaculum outside the mine, later they live free in a spinning.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Prunus spinosa.

Also Crataegus monogyna (De Prins ao).


Mining larvae in September (Agassiz, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Greece, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

free-living larva

Body slender, reddish brown; head light brown; prothoracic plate dark brown. Laterally a bright white, broad but to the rear quickly narrowing length line on thorax of foremost abdomen segments. A similar dorsal line, but narrower and shorter, begins behind the head.


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Paraswammerdamia spiniella (Hübner, 1807).


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1957a, “Bucculatrix spec.”), Emmet (1976a), Fazekas & Schreurs (2012a), Huemer (1988a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Landry ao (2013a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Šumpich (1998a)., Wegner (201a), Wieser & Huemer (1997a).

Last modified 6.ii.2021