Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mentha longifolia


synonym: Mentha alpigena, candicans, crispa, incana, longifolia subsp. incana, rotundifolia, sylvestris L.

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Didymellaceae Ascochyta leonuri
fruit vagrant Lygaeidae Spilostethus saxatilis
leaf vagrant Miridae Europiella alpina
root vagrant Cydnidae Tritomegas sexmaculatus
leaf vagrant Miridae Liocoris tripustulatus
leaf vagrant Miridae Orthonotus rufifrons
leaf vagrant Miridae Orthops basalis
leaf vagrant Miridae Orthops kalmii
leaf vagrant Miridae Plagiognathus bipunctatus
leaf vagrant Miridae Plagiognathus chrysanthemi
leaf vagrant Miridae Polymerus cognatus
leaf vagrant Miridae Apolygus lucorum
leaf vagrant Miridae Plagiognathus arbustorum
leaf vagrant Miridae Adelphocoris lineolatus
leaf vagrant Miridae Lygus gemellatus
leaf vagrant Miridae Lygus rugulipennis
leaf vagrant Miridae Amblytylus nasutus
leaf vagrant Miridae Lygocoris pabulinus
leaf vagrant Geometridae Pseudopanthera macularia
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Thysanoplusia daubei
leaf vagrant doubtful Erebidae Schrankia balneorum
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Acronicta auricoma
leaf vagrant Nolidae Nola cristatula
leaf hidden Crambidae Pyrausta castalis
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Eupteryx gyaurdagicus
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Eupteryx florida
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Eupteryx atropunctata
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Eupteryx origani
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Eupteryx collina
stem borer larva Curculionidae Datonychus arquata
root borer larva Apionidae Squamapion cineraceum
root collar borer larva Apionidae Squamapion flavimanum
stem gall Apionidae Squamapion vicinum
flower borer Nitidulidae Thymogethes otini
flower borer Nitidulidae Thymogethes egenus
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Chrysolina bankii
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Chrysolina herbacea
root vagrant Chrysomelidae Longitarsus bertii
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Cassida viridis
root vagrant Chrysomelidae Longitarsus lycopi
root vagrant Chrysomelidae Longitarsus ferrugineus
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Chrysolina coerulans
leaf hidden Tortricidae Hedya nubiferana
leaf hidden Gelechiidae Acompsia schmidtiellus
flower vagrant Pterophoridae Merrifieldia tridactyla
leaf hidden Crambidae Pyrausta aurata
stem borer Tortricidae Phalonidia manniana
leaf vagrant doubtful Eriophyidae Aculodes mckenziei
leaf leaf spot Capnodiales Ramularia lamii
flower borer Pterophoridae Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
stem borer larva Curculionidae Datonychus melanostictus
unknown borer larva Apionidae Squamapion delagrangei
leaf vagrant Aphididae Eucarazzia elegans
leaf miner Agromyzidae Chromatomyia horticola
leaf gall Eriophyidae Aceria megacera
root borer Sesiidae Chamaesphecia alysoniformis
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis gossypii
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis frangulae
fruit gall Cecidomyiidae Asphondylia menthae
flower down Peronosporales Peronospora stigmaticola
flower gall Eriophyidae Eriophyes menthae
leaf down Erysiphales Golovinomyces monardae
leaf gall Aphididae Aphis affinis
leaf gall Eriophyidae Aceria mentharia
leaf miner Agromyzidae Phytomyza petoei
leaf miner Agromyzidae Phytomyza tetrasticha
leaf pustule Chytridiales Synchytrium aureum
leaf pustule aecia uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia menthae
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis nasturtii
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aulacorthum solani
leaf gall summer generation Aphididae Ovatus crataegarius
leaf vagrant Aphididae Ovatus mentharius


the part of the plant that most conspicuously is hit by the parasite

all buds: both flower buds and leaf buds
flower: also inflorescence
leaf: also needle, phyllodium, petiole
leaf bud: also unfolding young leaf
fruit: also seed
root: also root stock, runners
root collar: also the lowest part of the stem
stem: also culm, the lower part of the peduncle, in grasses also leaf sheath
systemic: the entire above-ground plant.


borer: larva living internally, almost no outwards signs
down: 0.5-2 mm high fungal down
film: very thin cover of fungal tussue
gall: swelling and/or malformation
grazer: feeding at the outside of the plant
leaf spot: discoloured, often ± necrotic, generally not galled, sign of a fungus infection
miner-borer: larve initially makes a mine, lives as a borer later
pustule: plug of fungal tissue, generally brown-black and < 2 mm
stripe: longitudinal line of fungal tissue in a grass leaf
vagrant: (aphids, mites) living freely on the plant, at higher densitiy causing malformations.


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The host plant spectre of a parasite is rarely known exhaustively; this applies in particular at the species level. It is advisable therefore to check at least also the list of all parasites of this genus.


Last modified 23.vii.2022