Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Etainia sericopeza

Etainia sericopeza (Zeller, 1839)

norway-maple pigmy

Etainia sericopeza: mine in samara of Acer platanoides

Acer platanoides, Belgium, Liège, Coteaux de la Citadelle © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Etainia sericopeza: mine in samara of Acer platanoides


Etainia sericopeza: mine in samara of Acer platanoides

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The egg of the first generation is deposited on the wing of a key (sometimes, however, directly on the seed). The larva makes a short, superficial corridor (sometimes only the egg is visible), leading towards the seed, that finally is eaten out. Infested samaras are prematurely shed, and should be sought on the ground. (The larva of the second generation makes a short mine in the bark of a petiole, and from there penetrates a bud that is consumed from the inside out.)

host plants

Sapindaceae, narrowly monophagous

Acer platanoides.


Larvae of the mining generation from late May till mid-August; the second larva generation lives from September till May of the following year (Homan & Smart, 2011a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and Finland to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Greece, and from Britain to Russia and the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Head and pale yellow (Emmet, 1983a; Gustafsson & van Nieukerken, 19990a).


Ectoedemia, Stigmella, sericopeza.


Ahr (1966a), Alders (2004a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), J Černý (2001a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Emmet (1983a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hering (1934b, 1957a), Homan & Smart (2011a), Huemer & Mayr (2000a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Jäckh (1951a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchein & de Vos (1999a), ME & MA Kurz (2007a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2011a, 2014a), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2006a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a), Sønderup (1949a), Stonis, Navickaitė, Rocienė ao (2013a), Szőcs (1977a, 1081a), Yefremova & Kravchenko (2015a), Zaberga, Legzdina, Otfinowski & Obelevičius (2014a).

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