Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lampronia capitella

Lampronia capitella (Clerck, 1759)

currant shoot borer

on Ribes

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 22.iv.2023