Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acalyptris loranthella

Acalyptris loranthella (Klimesch, 1937)

Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae

Acalyptris loranthella mines

Loranthus europaeus, Czechia; from van Nieukerken (2007a)


In connection with the thickness of the leaf, the mine is superficial: egg, mine and exit at the same side, either upper-surface or lower-surface. The mine is a corridor, often somewhat contorted, especially near the start, where secondary blotches may be formed. Frass brownish, initially in a narrow broken line, more dispersed or weakly coiled later, when it occupies one half to one third of the width of the corridor.

host plants

Loranthaceae, monophagous

Loranthus europaeus.


Bivoltine, larvae in June and September – October.

distribution within Europe

From Czechia to Sicily and Greece, and from Italy to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Yellow, lying venter-upwards in the mine. Described by van Nieukerken (2007a).


In a reddish brown cocoon.


Nepticula, Stigmella, Weberina loranthella.


Drăghia (1968b, 1972a), Hering (1957a), Kasy (1969a, 1974a, 1987a), Klimesch (1037a, 1948a, 1958c), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a, 2005a), van Nieukerken (1986a, 2007a), Skala (1939a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a).

Last modified 30.viii.2019