Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia arcuatella

Ectoedemia arcuatella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)

strawberry pigmy

Ectoedemia arcuatella: mines on Fragaria vesca

Fragaria vesca, Belgium, Prov. Namur, Furfooz, Parc National de Furfooz © Stéphane Claerebout

Ectoedemia arcuatella: occuped mine on Fragaria vesca

the larva is very pale

Ectoedemia arcuatella: occupied mine on Fragaria vesca

Fragaria vesca, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy, la Briqueterie de Rome; © Steve Wullaert

Ectoedemia arcuatella mines

Fragaria vesca, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Torgny; from van Nieukerken (2006a)

Ectoedemia arcuatella mine

Fragaria vesca, Britain, Essex, N of Carays; leg Dierstematiek VU

Fragaria vesca, Greece, (Evritania) Frangísta, leg SBJ Menken & EJ van Nieukerken: detail


Egg at the underside of the leaf. The first part of the mine is a quite narrow and strongly contorted gallery with grey brown frass. This is followed by an elongate blotch (or broad corridor) that frequently overlaps a part of the earlier mine; here the frass lies scattered throughout the blotch. Pupation external.

host plants

herbaceous Rosaceae, oligophagous

Fragaria moschata, vesca, viridis; Potentilla erecta, sterilis.

According to Hering (1957a) and Maček (1999a) also Agrimonia.


Larvae in September – October (Emmet, 1983a)


BE recorded (van Nieukerken, 2006a).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, but not in the Iberian Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


The larva lies venter-upwards in the mine. Young larvae with a chain of ventral plates. See Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a) for a description of the larva.


Nepticula, Stigmella arcuatella.


Anisimovas, Diškus & Stonis (2006a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1935b, 1936a, 1964a), Černý (2001a), Deutsch (2012a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Doorenweerd, Lee, van Nieukerken & Mutanen (2023a), Emmet (1983a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1932g, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1985a, 1988a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1936a, 1950c, 1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), Lepiforum (2024), Maček (1999a), Michalska (1970a), van Nieukerken (1982a, 1985a, 1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, Laštuvka & Laštuvka (2006a, 2010a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1939a, 1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Skorb, Diškus & Stonis (0000a), Sønderup (1949a), Steuer (1995a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Vávra (2016a, Wullaert (2015a), Yefremova & Kravchenko (2015a).

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