Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia argyropeza

Ectoedemia argyropeza (Zeller, 1839)

virgin pigmy

on Populus

Ectoedemia argyropeza: occupied mine on Populus tremula

Populus tremula, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy, la vieille Briqueterie de Rome, 11.x.2014 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Ectoedemia argyropeza: occupied mine on Populus tremula

Populus tremula, Belgium, prov. Flemish Brabant, Molenstede-Dassenaarde, 6.xi.2016 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Ectoedemia argyropeza: galled petiole of Populus tremula

the galled part of the petiole

Ectoedemia argyropeza green islands

Populus tremula, South England; green islands © Rob Edmunds

Ectoedemia argyropeza mine

larva in the mine

Ectoedemia argyropeza larva in petiole

larva in the petiole


Oviposition on the petiole, c. 1 cm below the base of the leaf. The larva begins its life as a borer in the petiole, causing it to swell somewhat. When the leaf disc is reached the larva makes an elongate blotch between the midrib and the first lateral vein. Frass in two stripes parallel to the sides of the mine. Pupation external.

The larvae are active mainly at night, retreating into the petiole during daytime (Johansson ao, 1990a).

host plants

Salicaceae, narrowly monophagous

Populus tremula.


Larvae in the petioles already in September, making leaf mines in October – November; mines in green islands, also in fallen leaves (Hering, 1957a). The larva hibernates in the soil, un a silken cocon, and pupates in the spring.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

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



Almost fully parthenogenetic (van Nieukerken, Laštůvka & Laštůvka, 2010a).


Nepticula, Trifurcula, argyropeza.

parasitoids, predators

Chrysocharis nephereus.


Anisimovas, Diškus & Stonis (2006a). Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1936a, 1964a, 1965a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Černý (2001a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Delplanque (1998a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Deutsch (2012a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Emmet (1971a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1923a, 1931b, 1935a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1936a, 1950c, 1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kurz (2016a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (1997a, 2019a), van Nieukerken (1985a, 1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2006a, 2010a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Schmid (29019a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Tomasi (2014a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a), Wullaert (2015a), Zoerner (1969a).

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