Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza myosotidis

Agromyza myosotidis Kaltenbach, 1864

Agromyza PERHAPS myosotidis, mine

Myosotis, Belgium, prov. West Flanders, De Panne, RN Westhoek: this is how the mine mifgt look like; without breeding the identification is more than provisional; © Stéphane Claerebout

Agromyza PERHAPS myosotidis: mine

detail; the shape of the larva and the colour and pattern of the frass well fit the Agromyza abiens group.


The larva of this species is unknown (Nowakowski, 1964a), and perhaps the only character differentiating it from A. abiens is the presence of several larvae in a (fully developed) mine of abiens, and just a single one in A, myosotidis. (Nowakowski, 1964a; Robbins, 1991a).


Boraginaceae, oligophagous

Anchusa; Borago officinalis; Cynoglossum; Myosotis scorpioides; Pentaglottis sempervirens; Symphytum officinale, tuberosum.


BE recorded (Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1996a).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to the Iberian Peninsula, and from the UK to Poland and Czechia (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Agromyza hirtella Becker, 1908.


A. myosotidis was an almost forgotten species in literature (it was not mentioned by de Meijere or Hering) until it was rediscovered and redescribed by Spencer (1963b) and Nowakowski (1964a), but almost exclusively on adult specimens.


Beiger (1979a), Buhr (1964a), Černý (2004a, 2011a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Merz (2006a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Nowakowski (1964a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1996a), Spencer (1963b, 1965c, 1972a, 1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a, 2000a).

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