Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia atricollis

Ectoedemia atricollis (Stainton, 1857)

pinch-barred pigmy

on woody Rosaceae

Ectoedemia atricollis: occupies mines on Crataegus monogyna

Crataegus monogyna, Belgium, prov. Namur, Boneffe, 4.x.2018 © Jean-Yves Baugnée (along the leaf margin also an unfinished mine of Stigmella regiella)

Ectoedemia atricollis: vacated mine on Malus domestica

Malus domestica, Belgium, prov. Liege, Ben-Ahin 25.ix.2018 © Stéphane Claerebout

Ectoedemia atricollis: vacated mine on Malus domestica

mine, upper side; note the exit slit

Ectoedemia atricollis: vacated mine on Malus domestica

mine, underside

Ectoedemia atricollis: vacated mine on Malus domestica

mine in backlight

Ectoedemia atricollis mine

Crataegus monogyna, Duin en Kruidberg

Ectoedemia atricollis mine

Malus domestica, Duin en Kruidberg

Ectoedemia atricollis mine

Crataegus monogyna, Overveen

Ectoedemia atricollis: young mine on Pyrus communis

Pyrus communis, Egmond aan den Hoef, © Luc Knijnsberg: larva still with ventral plates


Oviposition on the leaf underside. There begins a full depth corridor that gradually widens into an irregular elliptic blotch. Generally the corridor part follows the leaf margin over a long distance. If oviposition occurred well away from the leaf margin, the corridor starts by making some irregular loops around the oviposition site; however, when, as often occurs, the egg is placed close to the leaf margin, at once the leaf margin is taken. Frass blackish brown (rarely brown) in the corridor, black in the blotch. In the corridor the frass lies in lumps or indistinct coils; in the blotch the frass is irregularly dispersed. Pupation outside the mine; exit slit in the upper epidermis, contrary to Bohemannia pulverosella, with which atricollis may co-occur on Apple (Emmet, 1983a; Johansson ao, 1990a).


Rosaceae, Staphyleaceae; narrowly polyphagous

Crataegus laevigata, monogyna; Malus domestica, sylvestris; Mespilus germanica; Pyrus communis; Prunus avium, cerasifera, domestica subsp. insititia, mahaleb; Sorbus aucuparia; Staphylea pinnata.

In any case in NW Europe Hawthorn is the most important host plant. Records from Prunus spinosa probably all refer to Ectoedemia spinosella (van Nieukerken, 1985a).


Larvae from end August till October (Emmet, 1983a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Ellis, Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

Check (PESI, 2018); also Iberian Peninsula



Stigmella atricollis; Nepticula aterrima Wocke, 1865; N. malivora Toll, 1936; N. aterrimoides Skala, 1940; Ectoedemia staphyleae Zimmermann, 1944.


Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1935b, 1936a, 1964a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Černý (2001a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Doorenweerd, Lee, van Nieukerken & Mutanen (2023a), Emmet (1971a, 1983a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1921a, 1932g, 1957a, 1961a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1988a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kasy (1987a), Klimesch (1936a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Kurz & Kurz (2007a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a, 2017a), Lepiforum (2024), Maček (1999a), van Nieukerken (1985a, 1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, Laštuvka & Laštuvka (2006a, 2010a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), Nowakowski (1954a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1939a, 1941a, 1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Skorb, Diškus & Stonis (0000a), Sønderup (1949a), Steuer (1995a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981), Zoerner (1969a).

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