Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia phyllotomella

Ectoedemia phyllotomella Klimesch, 1946

Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae


Egg at the upper surface of the leaf, against the midrib. The mine begins as a narrow corridor along the midrib or a side vein. Later the corridor becomes free and then is strongly contorted, often forming a secondary blotch; the frass lies in a central line here. The full grown larva makes an oval excision in the mine, and pupates there. The excision only drops out of the mine with the withering of the leaf.


Fagaceae, narrowly monophagous

Quercus cerris.


Univoltine; larvae have been found in late October and early November (van Nieukerken, 1985a).

distribution within Europe

Northern Italy.


Stigmella phyllotomella.


Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1946b), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a), van Nieukerken (1985a, 1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2010a), Szőcs (1977a).


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