Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Swammerdamia passerella

Swammerdamia passerella (Zetterstedt, 1839)

scotch ermine


Mine not described. The young larvae mine; later they live free, not unfrequently two or three together, under a slight web.

host plants

Betulaceae, narrowly monophagous

Betula nana.


Mining larvae in June (Scotland).

distribution within Europe

Scotland, Poland, Baltic states, Fennoscandia, northern Russia; boreomontane species (Fauna Europaea, 2011).


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a).

Last modified 26.xi.2018