Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Tischeria ekebladella

Tischeria ekebladella (Bjerkander, 1795)

oak carl

on Quercus

Tischeria ekebladella: exuvium and imago

Quercus robur, Welna estate, mid-August © Hans Jonkman

Tischeria ekebladella: mine on Quercus robur

Quercus robur, Duin en Kruidberg

Tischeria ekebladella: mines on Quercus robur

Quercus robur, Hoge Veluwe; larva in the mine

Tischeria ekebladella: mines on Quercus petraea

Quercus petraea, Hungary, Budapest © László Érsek

Tischeria ekebladella: mine on Quercus petraea

underside of a mined leaf

Tischeria ekebladella: mines on Quercus petraea

the larve in de left mine is defecating

Tischeria ekebladella: defecation

time lapse

Tischeria ekebladella: larva

Quercus cerris, Hungary, Budapest, Kamaraerdő © László Érsek: larva dorsal

Tischeria ekebladella: larva


Tischeria ekebladella: larva


Tischeria ekebladella: pupa

pupa, dorsal

Tischeria ekebladella: pupa


Tischeria ekebladella: pupa



Milky white upper-surface primary blotch, sometimes with an orange hue; no trace of a preceding corridor. The inside is lined with much silk, but the mine remains completely flat. The larva soon starts making of a discoid cocoon, about in the centre of the mine. When not feeding it rests in a horsehoe-like posture in its cocoon. The mine contains practically no frass, which is ejected through a cut in the upper epidermis near the margin of the mine. Pupation within the mine.

host plants

Fagaceae, oligophagous

Castanea mollissima, sativa; Quercus cerris, dalechampii, faginea, x hispanica, frainetto, ithaburensis subsp. macrolepis, macranthera, macrocarpa, petraea, pubescens, robur & subsp. pedunculiflora, rubra, serrata.

A communication by Deschka (1983a) that the species were bred from the evergreen oak Q. trojana is probably erroneous.


Larvae from July. The autumn larvae hibernate in the mine, in the fallen leaf; they pupate only in the spring (Emmet, 1983a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).




Tischeria complanella (Hübner, 1817).


Hering (1957a) writes that normally larvae occur from September on. This no longer is the case; mines can be found in number already in early-July.

Emmet (1983b), van Frankenhuyzen & Freriks (1979a) and Jordan (1995a) present details of the biology.


Baldizzone (2004a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Bouček (1959a), Braggion (2013a), Buhr (1935a, 1936a, 1964a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2009a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Csóka (2003a), Deschka (1983a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Deutsch (2012a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Drăghia (1968a, 1971a, 1972a), Emmet (1983b), Van Frankenhuyzen & Freriks (1979a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Fulmek (1910a), Fusu (2017a), Grandi (1929a, 1931a, 1933a), Gripenberg (2007a), Gripenberg & Roslin (2008a), Hartig (1939a), Hellers (2016a), Hering (1932a,g, 1934a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Jordan (1995a), Kasy (1965a), Klimesch (1942a, 1950c, 1957a, 1958c), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a) , Kvičala (1938a), Leutsch (2011a), Lhomme (1934b,d), Maček (1999a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a), Michna (1975a), van Nieukerken (2006a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Plóciennik, Pawlikiewicz & Jaworski (2011a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), De Prins (1998a, 2007a, 2013a), Puplesis & Diskus (2003a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Stolnicu (2007a, 2008a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Todorov, Toshova & Tóth (2014a), Toll (1959b), Tomov & Dimitrov (2007a), Ureche (2010a), Utech (1962a), Vegliante & Zilli (2007a), van Wielink (2020a), Yefremova & Kravchenko (2015a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).

Last modified 15.viii.2022