Ectoedemia mahalebella (Klimesch, 1936)
Prunus domestica, France, dép. Drôme, Séderon © Chris Snyers
less often the mine is located in the centre of the leaf
Prunus mahaleb; from Klimesch (1936a)
Egg at the underside of the leaf, usually on or near the margin, but in some regions rather near a major vein (van Nieukerken, 1985a). The mine begins as a narrow corridor, filled with reddish frass; the corridor is strongly contorted, unless when it follows the leaf margin. The corridor abruptly widens into a small, roundish, blotch; the frass here is blackish and is concentrated in the centre.
Prunus avium, cerasifera, cerasus, cocomilia, domestica & subsp. insititia, fruticosa, mahaleb, spinosa, tenella.
P. mahaleb is the most important host plant.
Univoltine; larvae from late June till mid-October (van Nieukerken, 1985a).
distribution within Europe
From Czechia and Slovakia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Greenish white, head light brown; ganglia distinct, brown; no ventral plates.
Hering (1957a), Kasy (1983a, 1987a), Klimesch (1936a, 1940a, 1948a, 1950c), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a), Maček (1999a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (1985a, 1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2006a, 2010a), Skala (1939a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a).