Ophiomyia beckeri (Hendel, 1923)


Lapsana communis, Nieuwendam


In Asteraceae the larva mostly lives as a borer in the midrib of the leaves. From there short corridors are made into the blade. Also a corridor can be made overlying the midrib. In Euphorbia a small mine is made in the bracts of the inflorescence. The final mine strongly resembles the one of Liriomyza strigata, but the branches are virtually free from frass; this is acccumulated in the resting place of the larva, in the base of the midrib. There also pupation takes place.


Polyphagous, but with a clear preference for Asteraceae.

Cardaria draba; Centaurea paui; Coreopsis; Crepis capillaria; Euphorbia amygdaloides, helioscopia, serrata; Helminthotheca echioides; Hypochaeris radicata; Lactuca serriola, tenerrima; Lapsana communis; Launaea; Lepidium; Mycelis muralis; Reichardia picroides; Scorzoneroides autumnalis; Sisymbrium irio; Sonchus asper, oleraceus; Taraxacum officinale; Urospermum picroides.

Also mentioned from Centranthus by Robbins (1991a).


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


BE recorded (Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1995a).

NE observed (Ellis, various localities).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Finland to the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily and Serbia, and from Ireland to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008); mainly in southern Europe (Spencer, 1972b).




Melanagromyza beckeri; M. euphorbiae Hendel, 1923; M. goniaea Hendel, 1931.


Buhr (1964a), Černý (2004a, 2007a, 2011a), Černý & Merz (2005a, 2006a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Gill-Ortiz ao (2009a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), Masetti, Lanzoni, Burgio & Süss (2004a), de Meijere (1943a, 1946a, 1950a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1983a, 1994a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1995a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Spencer (1953a, 1956a, 1957a,d,g, 1964a, 1966b,c, 1967a, 1972a,b, 1974a, 1976a), Süss (1999a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).


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