Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ophiomyia spenceri

Ophiomyia spenceri Černý, 1985

on Achillea, Centaurea


The larva makes an inconspicuous gallery mine in the bark of the stem, slightly darker dan the stem itself. The gallery descends to about ground level, ending in a leaf axil where pupation takes place.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Achillea millefolium; Centaurea jacea.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Black with a blue metallic shine. Rear spiracula with 5-10 papillae.

Ophiomyia spenceri: pupariumOphiomyia spenceri: puparium

Two images of the posterior spiracula (from Černý, 1985a)


Černý (1985a), Pakalniškis (1994a, 1998c), Papp & Černý (2015a), Warrington (2022c).

Last modified 22.i.2022