Phytomyza gymnostoma Loew, 1858

Diptera, Agromyzidae

mine

Oviposition in a leaf axil; from there a corridor descends along the leaf inner side. Part of the length of the corridor is below the surface. Often several mines per plant. Most of the feeding punctures are arranged in lines, parallel to the leaf. Pupation takes place low in the the plant, near the leaf base. The brown puparia are situated within the mine. They can best be found by bending the outer leaves outwards, and inspecting their bases (Collins & Lole, 2005a).

hostplants

Alliaceae, monophagous

Allium ampeloprasum, cepa.

phenology

Larvae probably the entire summer and latr summer.

BENELUX

BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

All of western Europe, with possible exception of the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2008); recently also found in the UK (Rob Edmunds in litt.).

larva

Larvae unusually large (5-8 mm); front spiraculum with 16-18 papillae, rear spiraculum with 30-34 (Seljak, 1998a).

synonyms

Napomyza gymnostoma; Phytomyza algeciracensis Strobl, 1906l Agromyza phytomyzina (Hering, 1933); Ph. palpata Hendel, 1935; Ph. palpalis Hendel, 1936.

notes

It has taken till 1988 before the hostplant of the species became evident (Spencer, 1976a, 1990a). Since that year the species has manifested itself as a serious pest on various Allium species (Seljak, 1998a). It looks like the problem is expanding westwards. One case concerned a leek plot in Germany, just over the Dutch border (de Goffau, 2001a). Part of the damage is connected to feeding punctures that provide entrance to fungus infections, but the main problem is the presence of numerous larvae and puparia – up to 100 in a single leek plant (Billen, 1998a). The reason why this species so suddenly has turned into a serious pest is unclear.

references

Beuk (2002a), Billen (1998a), Černý (2011a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Civelek, Deeming & Önder (2000a), Collins & Lole (2005a), Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a), Doorman (1962a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), de Goffau (2001a), Hering (1933c), Kahanpää (2014a), Martinez (1984a), de Meijere (1924a, 1937a, 1939a), Mesic, Dupor & Igrc Barcic (2009a), Pakalniškis (1994a), Seljak (1998a, 1999a), Spencer (1972b, 1976a, 1990a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zandigiacomo & dalla Montà (2002a).

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