Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza lathyri

Agromyza lathyri Hendel, 1923


Pisum sativum, Castricum: part of the mine; also visible is a part of the initial corridor and, vaguely, a larva


The mine starts as a superficial lower-surface corridor. After its first moult the larva starts making a blotch, often close to the base of the leaflet. The blotch in principle is lower-surface, but may be interparenchymatous for some part. Moreover, in places the larva feeds from the palissade parenchyma. Seen from above the leaf appears mottled. The overall result is that the mine, despite its considerable size, is hard to find. The easiest way is to hold the leaves against the light: the large larvae than are conspicuous. Frass in coarse grains, both in the corridor and in the blotch; in the corridor they are widely spaced. Pupation outside the mine.


Fabaceae, oligophagous

Lathyrus grandiflorus, latifolius, linifolius, niger, odoratus, pratensis, sylvestris, tingitanus, tuberosus; Ononis; Pisum sativum; Vicia sativa, sepium.


Larven in June-July, in a single generation (Hering, 1957a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1939a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Seden to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from the UK to the Baltic States and Roumania (Fauna Europaea, 2007); Corsica (Buhr (1941b).





Agromyza atra Hardy, 1850.


Sometimes a minor pest on pulses (Spencer, 1973b), “peavine miner”.


Amsel & Hering (1931a), Benavent, Martínez, Moreno & Jiménez (2004a), Beuk (2002a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a), Drăghia (1967a), Hering (1930d, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1939a), Michalska (1972a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Pakalniškis (1993a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1953a, 1957a, 1959a, 1972a, 1976a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Starke (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).


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