Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phylloporia bistrigella

Phylloporia bistrigella (Haworth, 1828)

striped leaf-cutter

Phylloporia bistrigella: vacated mine on  Betula pubescens

Betula pubescens, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Tenneville © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Phylloporia bistrigella: larva

living larva

Phylloporia bistrigella mine

Betula pubescens, Belgium, prov. Namur, Mettet © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Phylloporia bistrigella mine

Betula pubescens, Britain, Fleet © Rob Edmunds

Phylloporia bistrigella mine

Betula pubescens, Nieuw-Bergen


Long, very narrow corridor that may wind several times through the leaf, freely crossing the midrib. The corridor often cuts off parts of the leaf, that die as a result. The corridor does not increase in width, until it abruptly widens into an irregular elongate blotch. In the end of the blotch an oval excision is made, c. 4 mm long, in which the larva drops to the ground for pupation. Mines in the very youngest leaves.

host plants

Betulaceae, monophagous

Betula humilis, nana, pendula, pubescens.


Mines are found in May – August (Heath & Pelham-Clinton, 1976a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Check (PESI, 2018); also Iberian Peninsula



Ahr (1966a), Bengtsson (2008a), Buhr (1935a, 1964a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1986a), Heckford (1986a), Hellers (2016a), Hering (1927b, 1957a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2009a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2005a), Kovács & Kovács (2000a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Kozlov, van Nieukerken, Zverev & Zvereva (2013a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2017a), Maček (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Tokár, Richter, Richter, ao (2010a), Viramo (1962a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 10.iii.2021