Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Incurvaria pectinea

Incurvaria pectinea Haworth, 1828

pale feathered leaf-cutter

on deciduous trees

Incurvaria pectinea: mines on Acer platanoides

Acer platanoides, Amerongse Bovenpolder, © Bn van As

Incurvaria pectinea: mines on Betula pendula

Betula pendula, Hungary, Kimle, 28.iv.2018 © László Érsek

Incurvaria pectinea: mines on Betula pendula

detail; note the conspicuous oviposition scars

Incurvaria pectinea: mines on Betula pendula

mined leaf lighted from behind

Incurvaria pectinea:  mining larvae


Incurvaria pectinea:  mining larva

mining larva, dorsal

Incurvaria pectinea:  mining larva

mining larva, ventral

Incurvaria pectinea: mines on Carpinus betulus

Carpinus betulus, Belgium, prov. Namur, Viroinval, Vierves-sur-Viroin, 10.v.2015 © Stéphane Claerebout

Incurvaria pectinea: occupied mines on Carpinus betulus

larvae in their little mines


Betula pubescens © Rob Edmunds, UK


Alnus glutinosa, Susteren, 16.v.2005


Robinia pseudoacacia, Vorden,


The larva starts making a corridor of a few mm, followed, and mostly overrun, by a circular blotch of 4-5 mm diameter. Often several mines are found in one leaf. Soon they make an excision of almost the same size as the blotch. Sandwiched in this excision they drop to the ground. Their case is enlarged or changed when needed. The feed on dead leaf litter, but have also been observed feeding on living leaves (Beavan & Heckford, 2015a).

host plants


Acer campestre, monspessulanum, platanoides; Alnus glutinosa, incana; Betula pendula, pubescens; Carpinus betulus; Cornus sanguinea; Corylus avellana; Malus sylvestris; Ostrya carpinifolia; Prunus mahaleb; Pyrus communis; Robinia pseudoacacia; Sorbus; Tilia cordata.


Mining larvae are found in May and June (Heath & Pelham-Clinton, 1983a). Hibernation, in a case, usually as full-grown larva, less often as pupa.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2008).

NE recorded (, 2008).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

Almost entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Incurvaria zinckenii (Zeller, 1839).


Ahr (1966a), Baldizzone (2004a), Beavan & Heckford (2015a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Buhr (1935a,b, 1964a), Dziurzynski (1958a), Edmunds (2007b), Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1983a), Hellers (2016a), Hering (1924a, 1927b, 1934b, 1957a), Huemer (1988a, 2012a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Koren, Vukotić & Črne (2015a), Kovács & Kovács (2000a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2010a), Kozlov, van Nieukerken, Zverev & Zvereva (2013a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Leutsch (2011a), Lhomme (1934c), Maček (1999a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a), Schmid (2019a), Stammer (2016a), Stolnicu (2007a), Thomann (1956a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 6.vii.2021