Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia albifasciella

Ectoedemia albifasciella (von Heinemann, 1871)

white-banded pigmy

Ectoedemia albifasciella mines

Quercus robur, Duin en Kruidberg

Ectoedemia albifasciella mine

Quercus robur, Vlaardingen, Volksbos Lickebaert


Oviposition on the upperside of the leaf, next to a vein. The first part of the mine is a narrow corridor, with a broad frass line, running along a vein. Usually the corridor runs away from the midrib, but often it runs along the midrib itself. The corridor widens abruptly into a squarish blotch, containing much frass. Often several mines in a leaf. Pupation external.

host plants

Fagaceae oligophagous

Quercus faginea, palustris, petraea, pubescens, pyrenaica, robur, rubra.

Occasionally also on Castanea sativa.


Larvae in late-August – September, almost invariably in green, not yellowing, leaves.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Dechtiria, Nepticula, Stigmella albifasciella; Ectoedemia subapicella (Stainton, 1886).


The number on eggs deposited on a leaf sometimes is extremely high, causing most larvae to perish.


Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1964a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Černý (2001a), Chowaniec & Larysz (2024a), Corley, Rosete, Marabuto ao (2014a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Emmet (1971a, 1974e, 1983a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1931b, 1932g, 1934a, 1957a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kasy (1983a), Klimesch (1936a, 1950c), Kuchlein & Donner (1983a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Kurz & Kurz (2007a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a, 2008a, 2014a), Lepiforum (2024), Lhomme (1934d), Meijer, Smit, Beukeboom & Schilthuizen (2012a), van Nieukerken (1985a, 1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, Laštuvka & Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a, 2010a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), Nowakowski (1954a), De Prins (1998a, 2007a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a, 1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Skorb, Diškus & Stonis (0000a), Steuer (1995a), Sønderup (1949a), Stolnicu (2007a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Tomov & Dimitrov (2007a), van Wielink (2020a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).

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