Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia phaeolepis

Ectoedemia phaeolepis van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka, 2010

Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae


The mine is a short, tortuous gallery, that abruptly widens into a large blotch. The corridor is almost completely filled with frass; in the blotch the frass is concentrated in the oldest part, mainly along the sides. Pupation external.


Fagaceae, narrowly monophagous

Quercus ilex, rotundifolia.


Adults were collected between late May and early August.

distribution within Europe

Spain, Portugal.


Only adults are known of this species; they were always caught in close association with the plant species mentioned above, and often in association with the mines described here. It therefore is very probable that the moths, mines and hostplants belong together.


A & Z Laštůvka (2014a); van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2010a)


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