Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia agrimoniae

Ectoedemia agrimoniae (Frey, 1858)

agrimony pigmy

Ectoedemia agrimoniae mines

Agrimonia eupatoria, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Belvaux: the two larvae far left and far down in the picture, with dark head (the larvae with ± yellow head are Stigmella aeneofasciella); from van Nieukerken (2006a)

Ectoedemia agrimoniae mines

Agrimonia eupatoria, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Resteigne; © Jean-Yves Baugnée, det. Erik van Nieukerken

Ectoedemia agrimoniae mines

mines lighted from behind


Oviposition at the leaf underside. There starts an initially strongly contorted narrow corridor with a linear interrupted frass line. This is continued in broad corridor or elongated blotch with dispsered frass. Often a number of mines in a leaf. Pupation inside the mine, in a a violet to blackish cocoon.


Rosaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Agrimonia eupatoria; Aremonia agrimonioides.

Reported by Stolnicu (2007a) from Agrimonia procera.


Larvae from end of August till October (Johansson ao, 1990a).


BE recorded (van Nieukerken, 2006b).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Greece, and from Britain to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Greenish yellow, ganglia conspicuous, brown; head brown; ventral plates absent.


Stigmella, Nepticula agrimoniae.


Species of warm, dry, chalk slopes.


Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1958a, 1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), J Černý (2001a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Hering (1932g, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Johansson ao (1990a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a), van Nieukerken (1985a, 1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2006a, 2010a), Skala (1939a), Steuer (1995a), Stolnicu (2007a), Šulcs (1996a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a).


Last modified 12.ii.2018