Parafomoria pseudocistivora van Nieukerken, 1983
Cistus salvifolius, Sicily; from van Nieukerken (1983b)
Cistus monspeliensis, Tunisia; from van Nieukerken (1983b)
Ovipostion at the leaf upperside. Rather long, often contorted, narrow corridor that hardly widens towards the end. Frass in an interupted central line that never occupies over 1/3 of the corridor width. Pupation outside the mine.
Cistus albidus, creticus, crispus, salviifolius.
Larvae observed from the winter months till March; they aestivate in their cocoon.
Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
Probably the entire Mediterranean Region (van Nieukerken, 1983b)
Yellowish, lying venter upwards in the mine. Meso- and metathorax with 9 pairs of setae.
Confused with P. cistivora before 1983. One of the differences is in the shape of the ovipositor: long and acute in pseudocistivora, short and blunt in cistivora. Probably these are adaptations to oviposition on plants with hairy and hairless leaves, respectively.
Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), van Nieukerken (1983b, 1985b, 1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a), Zerafa & van Nieukerken (2011a).