Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Muhabbetana nigrifasciata

Muhabbetana nigrifasciata (Walsingham, 1908)

Muhabbetana nigrifasciata mine

Periploca laevigata, Tenerife; from Klimesch (1977a)


The larva initially lives in an oval gall, c. 3 mm long, in the underside of the leaf, bordering the midrib. Only towards the end of its development it makes an elliptic, upper-surface blotch of about 5 m long is made, starting from the gall. Often several mines in a gall. Pupation external.


Apocynaceae, monophagous

Periploca laevigata.

distribution within Europe

Canary Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Light yellow with dark brown head.


Ectoedemia, Trifurcula, Fomoria, nigrifasciata.


Klimesch (1977a), van Nieukerken (1986a, van Nieukerken, Doorenweerd, Hoare & Davis (2016a), van Nieukerken, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2004a), Skala (1939a).

Last modified 3.iii.2018