Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Simplimorpha promissa

Simplimorpha promissa (Staudinger, 1871)

on Cotinus, Pistacia, Rhus

Simplimorpha promissa: occupied mine on Cotinus coggygria

Cotinus coggygria, Hungary, Budapest, © László Érsek: occupied mine

Simplimorpha promissa: occupied mine on Cotinus coggygria


Simplimorpha promissa: larva

larva, dorsal

Simplimorpha promissa: larva

larva, lateral

Simplimorpha promissa: larva

ventral view.

Simplimorpha promissa: larva

10.x.2019: larva emerging belly-up from the mine.

Simplimorpha promissa: larva

another specimen, lateral.

Simplimorpha promissa: vacated mine on Cotinus coggygria

4.viii.2015, vacated mine

Simplimorpha promissa: vacated mine on Cotinus coggygria

lighted from behind

Simplimorpha promissa mine

Cotinus coggygria, France, Mercantour, between Sospel and Nice © Wouter Moerland

Simplimorpha promissa mines

Rhus coriaria, Rhodes; from Klimesch (1978b)


Egg at leaf underside. Tortuous, full depth corridor that only little widens towards the end. Frass in a central line, so much that it almost fills the corridor. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Anacardiaceae, oligophagous

Cotinus coggygria; Pistacia atlantica, khinjuk, lentiscus, terebinthus, vera; Rhus coriaria.

The status as a host plant of P. lentiscus is somewhat doubted by van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštůvka (2006a).


Larvae in March – May, and in September (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

Southern Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Green, head light brown (Klimesch, 1978b; van Nieukerken, 2007a).


Nepticula, Stigmella, promissa.


Amsel & Hering (1931a), Beiger (1980a), Buhr (1930a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Chrétien (1926a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas, Pires & Cardoso (2008a), Corley, Marabuto & Pires (2007a), Csóka (2003a), Davatchi (1958a), Drăghia (1967a), Glaser (1959a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1932g, 1932e, 1936b, 1957a, 1967a), Huemer (2012a), Klimesch (1940a, 1942a, 1950c, 1956c, 1978b), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (1997a), Lhomme (1934c), Maček (1999a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (1986a,b, 2007a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštůvka (2004a, 2006a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), Skala (1939a), Stonis, Navickaitė, Rocienė ao (2013a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a).

Last modified 17.iii.2020