Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza sulfuriceps

Agromyza sulfuriceps Strobl, 1898

Agromyza sulfuriceps: mine on Filipendula ulmaria

Filipendula ulmaria, Luxemburg: Kautenbach

Agromyza sulfuriceps: mine on Rubus idaeus

Rubus idaeus, Cadzand


First a long corridor, its initial part often along the leaf margin or a thick vein. Rather suddenly the corridor widens into a broad blotch. The corridor contains much, amorphous frass that sometimes seems to fill the entire corridor (lower picture). In the blotch the frass is in black strings and coarse lumps. (In rainy weather they liquify and loose their shape). Pupation outside the mine.


Rosaceae, oligophagous

Argentina anserina; Filipendula ulmaria; Fragaria vesca; Potentilla argentea, erecta, reptans; Rubus idaeus, saxatilis; Sanguisorba minor.


Larvae from June till September, in two generations (Hering, 1957a).


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

NE De Meijere (1924a) did not include this species in his checklist, and when he described the larva (1937a) he had to work with material from abroad. Found for the first time in the Netherlands in 2003 (Cadzand, on Raspberry).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to France and Italy, and from the UK to the Baltic States and Slovakia (Fauna Europaea, 2007); also Hungary (Surányi, 1942a), Bulgaria (Buhr, 1941b), Austria (von Tschirnhaus, 1982a), and Slovenia (Maček, 1999a).



Agromyza rubi Brischke, 1880; A. xanthocephala Strobl, 1893, nec Zetterstedt, 1848; A. montana Hendel, 1920.


Andersen (2016a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1941b, 1964a), Černý (2001a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Griffiths (1962a), Hering (1954a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1937a), Pakalniškis (1986a), Papp (2009a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Sasakawa (1961a), Sasakawa & Imura (1993a), Spencer (1966a, 1972a, 1976a), Starý (1930a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1982a, 1999a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).

Last modified 10.iii.2018