Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Thamnurgus varipes

Thamnurgus varipes Eichhoff, 1878

on Euphorbia


The female bores a vertical gallery of a few cm in the stem, and deposits some eggs. Also the larvae make galleries in the stem, that sometimes are recognisable from the outside by the greyish-blue colour of coagulated latex. Also pipation and hibernation takes place in the stem. The stem does not show a recognisable swelling but the leaves have turned limp.

host plants

Euphorbiaceae, narrowly monophagous

Euphorbia amygdaloides, characias.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Balachowsky (1949a), Mandelshtam, Petrov & Korotyaev (2012a), Nikulina, Mandelshtam, Petrov, ao (2015a), Roskam (2019a), Schedl (1980b, 2010a), Stevanonić (1998a).

Last modified 15.xi.2020