Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza pulla

Agromyza pulla Meigen, 1930

Agromyza pulla: occupied mine on Genista sagittalis

Genista sagittalis, Belgium, prov. Namur, Viroinval, Mazée © Stéphane Claerebout

Agromyza pulla: occupied mine on Genista sagittalis

mine, lighted from behind

Agromyza pulla: larva in mine on Genista sagittalis

larva in the mine

Agromyza pulla: mine on Genista tinctoria

Genista tinctoria, Belgium, prov. Namur, Nismes, Fondry des Chiens © Stéphane Claerebout

Agromyza pulla: mine on Genista tinctoria

another specimen


Upper-surface, hook-shaped corridor mine. The corridor begins close to the base of a leaflet, runs along the margin to the tip, then redescends on top of the midrib while widening quickly. Frass in the first part in fine grains, later in lumps.


Fabaceae, oligophagous

Genista germanica, pilosa, sagittalis, tinctoria; Spartium junceum.


Larvae in June-July (Hering, 1957a).


The pictures above document the first records of the species in the Benulux.

distribution within Europe

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


De Meijere (1937a, as A. genistae).



Agromyza genistae Hendel, 1931; Phytagromyza pyrrhocera Hering, 1951.

parasitoids, predators

Miscogaster hortensis.


In a botanical garden pulla sometimes co-occured on Genista with A. johannae. The mines of the two are indistinguishable (Hering, 1957a). To judge by the drawing by de Meijere (1925a), the distal tooth of the mandible of johannae stands off at a right angle. This might separate it from A. pulla, that is depicted with the distal tooth clearly recurved. It remains to be seen if this distinction is constant; moreover, the drawing of pulla was based on a second instar larva.


Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1970a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1951a, 1955b, 1957a, 1967a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), Michalska (1972a), Papp (2009a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Spencer (1972a,b), Starke (1942a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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