Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agromyza viciae

Agromyza viciae Kaltenbach, 1872

Agromyza viciae

Vicia sativa, Nieuwendam

Agromyza viciae

Vicia sepium Belgium: La Calamine


Vicia hirsuta; sativa Diemer Bos; Nieuwendam: oviposition scar; frass


Oviposition in the tip of a leaflet; this causes an intensive red colouring of the distal part of the leaflet. From there a primary blotch develops, that in the end occupies almost the entire leaflet. At first the mine is upper-surface, but gradually deeper parts of the mine are eaten away, leading to a very transparant mine. Frass fine-grained, quickly deliquescent. Pupation outside the mine.


Fabaceae, monophagous

Vicia cracca, dumetorum, grandiflora, hirsuta, sativa, sepium.


Larvae observed in the second half of June.


BE recorded (Ellis, 2002: La Calamine).

NE recorded (Ellis, 2005: Nieuwendam, Diemen).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

Germany, Poland, Switzerland (Fauna Europaea, 2007); recently found also in the UK and Norway (Gibbs & von Tschirnhaus, 2005a).




In Hering’s (1957a) key to the leafminers of Vicia the distinction between A. viciae and A. felleri is very fuzzy. Because Hering’s key puts much stress on the red colouring of the leaflets, I originally had identified the Belgian material as felleri, but the peculiar structure of the rear spiraculum made me change my mind. Matters are complicated because the larva of felleri is not known. Spencer (1976a) writes that adults of felleri strongly resemble those of A. demeijerei. If this similarity may be taken as an indication of a close relationship one may guess that felleri has a rear spiraculum that is as unremarkable as the one of demeijerei.


Andersen (2016a), Beiger (1955a, 1979a), Černý (2007a, 2011a, 2012a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Gibbs & von Tschirnhaus (2005a), Hering (1925a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Roháček, Černý, Ebejer & MacGowan (2011a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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