Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acalyptris platani

Acalyptris platani (Müller-Rutz, 1934)

Acalyptris platani mines

Platanus acerifolia, France, Pyrénées-Orientales; from van Nieukerken (2007a)

Acalyptris platani: mine on Platanus acerifolia

Platanus acerifolia, Portugal, Coimbra, botanical garden © Paul van Wielink

Acalyptris platani: mine on Platanus acerifolia

same mine, lighted from behind


Egg at the leaf underside, usually next to a vein. From there starts a long, winding, full depth corridor. Frass line greenish when fresh, brown later, very variable in width; frass partly coiled. Pupation outside the mine; exit slit in upper epidermis (van Nieukerken, 2007a).

host plants

Platanaceae, monophagous

Platanus acerifolia, orientalis.


Larven in June – July and October – November (Johansson ao, 1990a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2008); a report by Kuchlein & Kuchlein-Nijsten (2002b) was retracted later (Kuchlein & Kuchlein-Nijsten, 2003a).

distribution within Europe

Southern Europe, from France and the Iberian Peninsula to Greece and Rhodes (Fauna Europaea, 2008); Crimea (Stonis & Remeikis). In France as far north as Paris (van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka, 2006a).


Yellow, head brown.


Niepeltia, Trifurcula platani.


Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2016a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1940a, 1950c, 1978b), Klimesch & Skala (1936b), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Kuchlein-Nijsten (2002b, 2003a), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a, 2005a), Lhomme (1934c), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (2007a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a), Stonis & Remeikis (2011a).

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