Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Incurvaria oehlmanniella

Incurvaria oehlmanniella (Hübner, 1796)

common leaf-cutter


Oviposition by way of an ovipositor, no egg visible therefore. The larva makes an irregular blotch. The part of the mine nearest to the oviposition site is more translucent than the later, in transparency more greenish, part of the mine. The mine usually lies close to the leaf tip, often several together. Already after its first moult the larva makes a roundish excision, 3-4 mm in diameter. Sandwiched herein it drops to the ground and continues feeding of dead leaves. The excision occupies about half of the surface of the blotch.

host plants

Polyphagous on woody plants

Cornus sanguinea; Prunus spinosa; Rubus chamaemorus; Vaccinium myrtillus.

Buhr (1935b) adds Malus sylvestris, and Bruun (1988a) Acer platanoides; Carpinus betulus; Fagus sylvatica.


Mining larvae are found in July – August (Heath & Pelham-Clinton, 1983a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Almost all Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Incurvaria-larvae, while resting, take a horse-shoe like posture, unlike the larvae of Antispila species. The larva is yellow or whitish, with a black head. Pronotum with a black plate; meso- and metanotum with lighter plates (Heath & Pelham-Clinton, 1983a).


Lampronia oehlmanniella.


Bengtsson (2008a), Bruun (1988a), Buhr (1935b, 1936a), Dziurzynski (1957a, 1958a), Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1983a), Hellers (2016a), Hering (1957a), Huisman & Koster (1995a), Kovács & Kovács (2000a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a).

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