Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Parafomoria liguricella

Parafomoria liguricella (Klimesch, 1946)

Parafomoria liguricella mine

Cistus albidus, Spain; from van Nieukerken (1983b)


Ovipostion at the leaf upper- or underside; egg with an unusual shape, higher than long. The mine starts as a very narrow, much contorted corridor, forming a quite small secondary blotch in the end. (Sometimes the mine is less contorted and the corridor follows a vein.) Frass in a thick broken central line. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Cistaceae, monophagous

Cistus albidus, crispus.


Larvae have been observed in September – October and in March; probably they belong to the same generation (van Nieukerken, 1983b).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Western Mediterranean Region (van Nieukerken, 1983b)


Yellowish, lying venter upwards in the mine. Meso- and metathorax with 10 pairs of setae.


Stigmella liguricella.


Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1946b, 1953a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (1997a, 2005b, 2008a, 2009b), van Nieukerken (1983b, 1986a), van Nieukerken, Laštůvka & Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a).

Last modified 17.v.2020