Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ophiomyia maura

Ophiomyia maura (Meigen, 1838)

Ophiomyia maura mine on Solidago virgaurea

Solidago virgaurea, Luxemburg, Ahn (Palmberg)


Upper-surface, very slender, up to 40 cm long corridor that repeatedly winds through the leaf. Frass in remarkably large, very widely spaced grains. Puparium in the mine, at the end of the corridor.


Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Aster amellus; Callistephus chinensis; Erigeron cf annuus; Solidago canadensis, cf gigantea, virgaurea; Sonchus; Symphyotrichum novi-belgii; Taraxacum.


Larvae in June and August (Hering, 1957a).


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

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1937a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Ahn).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula and Sicily, and from the UK to Poland; also Serbia (Fauna Europaea, 2008); Turkey (Hepdurgun a.o., 2007a).


Described by Sasakawa (1961a).


Initially green, later blackish.


Ophiomyia bicornis (Kaltenbach, 1869); O. asteris Kuroda, 1954.


Allen (1956a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1965a, 1970a, 1979a), Beuk (2002a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý (2007a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Drăghia (1971a), Eiseman & Lonsdale (2018a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Guglya (2021a), Hartig (1939a), Hepdurgun ao, (2007a), Hering (1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971), Kuroda (1954a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1925a, 1934a, 1937a, 1939a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a, 2003a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Pakalniškis (1982b, 1990a, 1994a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991), Sasakawa (1961a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1957c, 1964a, 1972a, 1976a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Süss (1982a), Süss & Moreschi (2003a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1969a).

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