Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza idaeiana

Agromyza idaeiana Hardy, 1853

on Rosaceae > Rosoideae

Agromyza idaeina: mine on Potentilla tabernaemontani

Potentilla tabernaemontani, Belgium, prov. Namur, Dourbes, Montagne aux Buis, 26.x.2019 © Stéphane Claerebout: young mine and feeding puctures

Agromyza idaeina: mine on Potentilla tabernaemontani

occupied mines

Agromyza idaeiana: occupied mine on Potentilla spec.

Potentilla spec., UK, Norfolk, Downham Market, 5.xi.2017 © Rob Edmunds

Agromyza idaeiana:  mine on Filipendula ulmaria

Filipendula ulmaria, Belgium, prov. Namur, Viroinval, Nismes, RN Sous Saint-Roch, 14.vii.2013 © Stéphane Claerebout

Agromyza idaeiana: mine on Filipendula ulmaria

Filipendula ulmaria, Amstelveen

Agromyza idaeiana: mine on Sanguisorba minor

Sanguisorba minor, Belgium: Viroinval. 29.ix.2006

Agromyza idaeiana: mine on Rubus fruticosus

Rubus fruticosus, Diemen.park spoorzicht,


Corridor, gradually and considerably widening towards the end. Frass in two rows in the corridor part, further up dispersed irregularly. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Acaena novae-zelandiae; Agrimonia eupatoria; Alchemilla acutiloba, “gracilis”, xanthochlora; Aremonia; Argentina anserina; Comarum palustre; Filipendula ulmaria, vulgaris; Fragaria x ananassa, moschata, vesca, virginiana, viridis; Geum aleppicum, rivale, urbanum; Potentilla alba, aurea, crantzii, erecta, grandiflora, heptaphylla, indica, norvegica, pensylvanica, recta, reptans, tabernaemontani; Rosa canina, micrantha, rugosa; Rubus caesius, fruticosus, hirtus, idaeus, odoratus, pedunculosus, saxatilis, spectabilis; Sanguisorba minor & subsp. balearica, officinalis; Sibbaldia.

A minor pest on strawberry (Hering, 1957a), blackberry and raspberry (Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen, 2000a; Spencer. 1973b).


Mines from end June, in two generations (Griffiths, 1962a).


BE recorded (De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1991a; Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1999a).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a, als A. spiraeae).

LUX recorded (Ellis).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, and from Ireland to Roumania (Fauna Europaea, 2007).



Yellowish brown.


Agromyza potentillae Kaltenbach, 1864; A. spiraeae Kaltenbach, 1867; A. sanguisorbae Hendel, 1931; A. stackelbergi (Frey, 1946); A. erici Rydén, 1952.


The synonymy of A. idaeaiana with A. potentillae has been discovered rather recently. In almost all literature the latter name is used.
The mines strongly resemble those of A. spiraeoidearum, but that species lives an another subfamily of the Rosaceae, namely the Amygdaloideae.


Ahr (1966a), Amsel & Hering (1933a), Andersen (2016a), Andersen & Jonassen (1994a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1965a, 1970a, 1979a, 1989a), Beri (1971c), Beuk (2002a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý (2001a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý & Merz (2005a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a). Chałańska, Łabanowski & Soika (2006a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Civelek, Tonguc, Ozgul & Dursun (2007a), Csóka (2003a), Drăghia (1971a), Eiseman & Lonsdale (2018a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Griffiths (1962a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1924a,b, 1925a, 1926b, 1954a, 1957a, 1967a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Kvičala (1938a), Lhomme (1934d), Maček (1999a), Manning (1956a), de Meijere (1924a, 1925a, 1939a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a, 2003a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Pârvu (2005a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), Robbins (1991a), Rydén (1926a, 1956a), Sasakawa (1961a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Seidel (1957a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1953a, 1972a, 1976a), Stammer (2016a), Starke, 1942a), Starý (1930a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Ureche (2010a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).

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