Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ectoedemia suberis

Ectoedemia suberis (Stainton, 1869)

Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae

Ectoedemia suberis mine

Quercus cocifera, Greece, Rhodes; from Klimesch (19789b)


Egg at the upperside of the leaf. The mine is a narrow corridor, filled with frass, that abruptly widens into a large, oval, upper-surface blotch with frass concentrated in its basal part and along the sides.


Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus coccifera, ilex, rotundifolia, suber.

Next to these evergreen oaks possibly also on the semi-evergreen Q. faginea.


The larvae are active in winter, from about Janury till March; after having left the mine they aestivate as larva or pupa in a cocoon.

distribution within Europe

Southern France, Iberia, Corsica, Sardinia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Dirty green, with conspicuous brown ganglia; ventral plates absent.


Nepticula, Stigmella suberis; Nepticula, Stigmella viridella Mendes, 1910.


Hering (1934a, 1936b, 1957a), Klimesch (1978b), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a, van Nieukerken (1985a, 1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a, 2010a), Skala (1939a), Triberti & Braggio (2011a).


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