Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Melanagromyza dettmeri

Melanagromyza dettmeri Hering, 1933

on Centaurea


The larva bores in the stem; there also the pupation.


Asteraceae, monophagous

Centaurea jacea, nigra, scabiosa.

Records from other plant genera are almost certainly incorrect.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


The posterior spiracula almost touch each other. They bear a large, strongly chitinised spine, surrounded by an incomplete circle of 14 papillae.

Melanagromyza dettmeri: larva

larva (from Hering, 1957b). a,cephalic skeleton; b,mandible; c,front spiraculum; d,rear spiracula.


Beuk (2002a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Griffiths (1962a), Hering (1933c, 1943a, 1957b), de Meijere (1939a), Pakalniškis (1986a, 1990a, 1996a, 1998a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Spencer (1957d, 1969a, 1972a, 1976a, 1990a).

Last modified 15.iii.2018