Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Nemophora minimella

Nemophora minimella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

small long-horn

on Scabiosa, Succisa

Nemophora minimella: larva in first case made out of Succisa pratensis flower

young larva in its first case, consisting of the corolla of a floret of Succisa pratensis © Erik van Nieukerken (from Huisman ao, 2009a)


Young larvae live in the flower heads, in a case made of the corolla of a floret, and feed on the ovaries.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, oligophagous

Scabiosa columbaria; Succisa pratensis.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Young stages cannot be separated from those of N. cupriacella; both species may co-occur.


Gielis Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1983a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2009a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Kurz (2016a), van Nieukerken (1993a), Vítek, Liška, Sitek ao (2015a).

Last modified 31.iii.2023