Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Nemophora associatella

Nemophora associatella (Zeller, 1839)


The larva mines a single leaf, drops with it to the ground, cuts it to an appropriate size and from than on uses it as a case to feed on detrital matter.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Abies alba.

The occurrence on Picea is doubtful (Hering, 1957a; Patočka, 1960a).


Mining larvae in June (Hering, 1957a).


Observed in Belgium (De Prins ao).

distribution within Europe

From Germany and Poland to the Pyrenees, Italia and the Balkan Peninsula; also in Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Whitish; head and prothoracic plate brown, meso- and metathorax with a light brown plate; anal plate and pinacula inconspicuous. Prolegs touching each other pairwise, with 4-5 transverse continuous rows of crochets (Patočka, 1960a).


Described by Patočka (1960a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Adela associatella.


Baldizzone (2004a), Hering (1957a), Kurz (2016a), Patočka (1960a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Schütze (1899a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Šumpich, Mikát, Maršík, ao (2007b).

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