Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza dipsaci

Agromyza dipsaci Hendel, 1927

Agromyza dipsaci: old mine on Dipsacus fullonum

Dipsacus fullonum, Belgium, Liège: old mine; © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Agromyza dipsaci: mine, detail

detail, to show the feeding lines

Agromyza dipsaci: mine on Dipsacus fullonum

Dipsacus fullonum, Schinnen-Thull (li) © Wouter Bosgra


Blotch, invariably beginning at the leaf margin, widening fast and strongly, giving the mine a funnel-like shape. Primary and secondary feeding lines very conspicuous. Frass in large grains. The larvae leaves the mine before pupation; according to Spencer (1954a) the exit slit is in the lower epidermis.


Caprifoliaceae, monophagous

Dipsacus fullonum, pilosus.


Larvae in May-June, in a single generation (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Ellis).

NE recorded (Wouter Bosgra, 2014).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From the UK to France and Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Rear spiraculum witth about 40 papillae (Groschke, 1957a; Hering, 1957a).


De Meijere (1926a) described a larva of an unidentified Agromyza, bred from Knautia. Later (1928a) he wrote he had managed to identify the species as A. dipsaci. This is not correct: the species in question is A. woerzi.


Černý & Vála (1999a), Groschke (1957a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1954a, 1957a, 1972a), Starý (1930a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).


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