Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza albitarsis

Agromyza albitarsis Meigen, 1830

Agromyza albitarsis: mine on Populus canescens

Populus canescens, Naarder Bos

Agromyza albitarsis: mine on Pupulus canescens

same mine in transparancy

Agromyza albitarsis: mine on Salix cf. viminalis

Populus cf viminalis, Belgium, prov. Namur, Furfooz, Parc National de Furfooz © Stéphane Claerebout

Agromyza albitarsis: feeding punctures

Populus canescens, Amsterdam: feeding punctures


Populus tremula, België, prov. Luik, Heid des Gattes-Aywaille © Carina Van Steenwinkel: the mine to the left is of A. albitarsis; more to the right, much darker, a mine of Zeugophora spec.


the two mines lighted from behind; the orange spot is the characteristic oviposition scar of Zeugophora; the arrow points to the young Zeugophora larva, that has strayed into a foreign mine. The albitarsis-larve is fully grown and already has made its exit slit.


Elongated, upper-surface blotch, on Poplars much larger than on Willows. At first the colour is green, but this quickly turns into an opaque brown. The larvae (maggots) distinguish these mines from those of Leucoptera sinuella and species. They are yellow, and often live communal. They leave the mine before pupation; the exit slit is in the upper epidermis.

host plants

Salicaceae, oligophagous

Populus alba, balsamifera, x canadensis, x canescens, carolinensis, nigra, simonii, tremula, tremuloides, trichocarpa; Salix alba, alba x x fragilis, purpurea, repens, triandra.


Larvae in June and August (Hering, 1957a; Martinez & Gumez, 1998a).


BE recorded (Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1999a).

NE recorded (Kabos, 1971a, als A. populi Hendel).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Norway to Italy, and from the UK and France to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2007); also Bulgaria (Buhr, 1941a).



parasitoids, predators

Cirrospilus vittatus; Diglyphus isaea; Pnigalio soemius.


Agromyza populi Hendel, 1920 nec (Kaltenbach, 1864); Agromyza lygophaga Hering, 1937. The homonymous name Agromyza albitarsis Zetterstedt, 1848 has caused a lot of confusion; it is a synonym of A. alnivora Spencer, 1969.


Beiger (1979a), Beuk (2002a), Bland (1994c), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý (2011a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Çikman, Beyarslan & Civelek (2006a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Drăghia (1968a, 1972a, 1974a), Eiseman & Lonsdale (2018a), Griffiths (1962a), Haase (1942a), Hering (1930b, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Maček (1999a), Martinez & Gumez (1998a), de Meijere (1934a), Michalska (1972a, 1976a, 2003a), Nowakowski (1954a), Pakalniškis (1982b), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Spencer (1969a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Skuhravá & Roques (2000a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1972a, 1976a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Süss (1979a, 1982a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Utech (1962a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).

Last modified 18.v.2022