Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argopus ahrensii

Argopus ahrensii (Germar, 1817)


Initially a large upper-surface blotch, without a preceding corridor. Later also the sponge parenchyma may be consumed (possibly only in crowded situations). Mine yellowish-green, first part often browned. Frass in numerous grains scaterred through the mine. Up to seven larvae in a mine; they may leave an emptied leaf and restart elsewhere. Pupation in the soil. The imago’s chew elongated windows in the leaves.


Ranunculaceae, narrowly monophagous

Clematis flammula, odorata, recta.

Not on C vitalba.


mines in May-June (Hering, 1957a)


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007)

NE not in the Dutch checklist (Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a); listed as Dutch in the Fauna Europaea (2007) but that is improbable.

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007)

distribution within Europe

From Italy and Austria to the Balkan and the Ukraine (Warchalowski, 2003a). Fauna Europaea (2007) also records the species from Germany and the Netherlands.


Medvedev & Muravitzky (2014a), Steinhausen (1994a).


See Steinhausen (2002a).


The spelling A. ahrensi is incorrect (PESI, 2018).


Benedikt (2014a), Böhme (2001a), Bukejs (2009a), von Frauenfeld (1964a), Freude (1962a), Fritzlar (2017a), Hering (1930a, 1957a, 1961a), Horion (962a), Maček (1999a), Medvedev & Muravitzky (2014a), Özdikmen, Kılıç, Şahim & Bal (2019a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Santiago-Blay (2004a), Steinhausen (1994a, 2002a).

Last modified 27.i.2021