Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ophiomyia curvipalpis

Ophiomyia curvipalpis (Zetterstedt, 1858)


Fine, upper- or lower-surface corridor, ending upon a thick vein. From there the mine extends finally to the rind of the stem. There also the pupation takes place, usually not far from the root collar. Mines in the stem rind often are conspicuous through a red discoloration.

host plants

Asteraceae and Lamiaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Achillea millefolium, ptarmica; Artemisia absinthium, campestris, vulgaris; Aster; Centaurea jacea, stoebe, thuilleri; Clinopodium vulgare; Cota tinctoria; Cyanus segetum; Hieracium lachenalii subsp. cruentifolium, laevigatum; Reichardia; Satureja; Solidago virgaurea; Stachys glutinosa; Tanacetum vulgare; Tripleurospermum inodorum.

Found once by Spencer (1971a) in Italy on Medicago sativa.


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


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

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Serbia, and from the UK to the Baltic States and Hungary; also Thrace (Fauna Europaea, 2008) and Turkey (Civelek, Deeming & Önder, 2000a).


Described by de Meijere (1925a, 1928a, as proboscidea). Rear spiraculum with 9-10 papillae.


de Meijere (1937a).


Ophiomyia proboscidea (Strobl, 1900); O. major (Strobl, 1900); O. prominens (Becker, 1908), O. achilleae Hering, 1937.


De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý (2004a, 2007a, 2011a, 2012a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý, Barták & Roháček (2004a), Černý & Merz (2006a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a, 2006a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a). Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Civelek, Deeming & Önder (2000a), Hering (1921a, 1924a, 1925a, 1928a, 1955b, 1957a,b), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1925a, 1928a, 1937a, 1938a, 1946a, 1950a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1986a, 1990a, 1994a, 1998c), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1957a, 1964a, 1967a, 1971a, 1972a,b, 1974a, 1976a), Süss (1982a), von Tschirnhaus (199a).

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