Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella (Haworth, 1828)

common oak purple

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella mine

Quercus robur, Aalten

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella mine

Quercus robur, Scharlakenbos; © Kees Boele

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella mine detail

Quercus robur, Hilversum; young mine


Oviposition within the leaf tissue, some 2 mm away from the leaf margin. The mine begins as a narrow corridor of c. 5 mm, largely filled with granular frass. This corridor abruptly widens into a large, dirty-whitish, full depth blotch that lies against the leaf margin and usually runs over the previous corridor. Frass here in long threads. Often several larvae in a mine after fusion of the original solitary mines. Pupation in the ground. When the mines are made the foliage still is very tender, and the mines quickly wither away; they cannot be found later in summer. Probably for he same reason the oviposition site almost always is a small hole. Pupation in the soil.

host plants

Fagaeae, oligophagous

Castanea sativa; Quercus cerris, petraea, pubescens, pyrenaica, robur, rubra.

Associated by (1957a) and others also with Carpinus betulus and Corylus avellana; in the opinion of John Langmaid (in litt.) this refers to Paracrania chrysolepidella.


Mines May – June (Heath, 1976a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Eriocrania subpurpurella; Dyseriocrania fastuosella (Zeller, 1839).


Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (2003a), Buhr (1935a, 1936a, 1964a), Corley, Merckx, Cardoso, Dale,Marabuto, Maravalhas & Pires (2012a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Haase (1942a), Heath (1983a), Hellers (2016a), Hering (1934a, 1936b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Leutsch (2011a), Maček (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (2004a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1959a), Ureche (2010a).

Last modified 26.viii.2019