Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza rufipes

Agromyza rufipes Meigen, 1830


The mine starts as a star-shaped interparenchymatous blotch near the midrib. This is followed by a broad, corridor-like arc around the central part of the leaf tip. The circumcised section of the leaf dies off and remains as a black patch in the centre of the mine. Primary and secondary feeding lines well visible in fresh leaves. Frass in coarse grains. Often several mines coalesce into one. Pupation outside the mine; semicircular exit slit in the upper epidermis.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Artemisia vulgaris.


Larvae in July and September (Hering, 1954a).


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

NE mentioned by de Meijere (1939a), Beuk (2002a) and the Fauna Europaea (2007), but these records certainly refer to A. abiens, is is evident from the fact that de Meijere as late as in 1941 records “rufipes” from Cynoglossum. Personally I have never found material of this species in the Netherlands.

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark and the Baltic States to the Iberian Peninsula, and from the UK to Hungary; also Sardinia (Fauna Europaea, 2007).



Agromyza buhriella Hering, 1954.


References to Agromyza rufipes in the older literature mostly concern A. abiens, a common species living on various Boraginaceae (Spencer, 1963b).


Beri (1971c), Beuk (2002a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Vála (1996a, 1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Hering (1954a, 1957a), Nowakowski (1964a), Pakalniškis (1993a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1953a, 1963b, 1976a), Stammer (2016a), Zlobin (1896b).

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