Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lampronia capitella

Lampronia capitella (Clerck, 1759)

currant shoot borer

on Ribes

Lampronia capitella ex Ribes rubrum

Ribes rubrum, Drenthe, Schiphorst, de Havikshorst, 26.iii.2024 (pupa in mine), imago 17.iv.2024 © Ben van As

Lampronia capitella on Ribes rubrum

Ribes rubrum, Ballooërveld, Loonerdiep, 2.iv.2023 © Ben van As


The young larvae boren in the still green berries, causing them to colour prematurely; frss is partly ejected. They then hibernate in a strong white spinning at the foot of the shrub. After the winter the larva bores in a terminal bud that withers and dies.

host plants

Grossulariaceae, monofaag

Ribes alpinum, nigrum, rubrum, uva-crispa.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


The young larvae are white; after the hibernation they re olive green with head and prothoracic plate black.


Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1986a), Klimesch (1989a), Kurz (2016a), Lepiforum (2023), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 21.iv.2024