Globally there are eleven species of Fenella distributed primarily across the palaearctic region. Two species are present in Britain and one (Fenella nigrita) in Ireland.

Within the Fenusini, the genus can be characterised by the following features. The antennae are long, being eleven to sixteen segmented. Tarsal claws are simple without a basal lobe. On the hind leg the fourth tarsomere is not produced apically. In the forewing the anal cell is complete though the basal vein A3 may be very weak.

Larvae mines the leaves of herbaceous Rosaceae and Geraniaceae (cf. Fenusa which mine the leaves of trees and shrubs).

Species list:

Fenella monilicornis (Dahlbom, 1835)

Fenella nigrita Westwood, 1840


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