Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Amauromyza chenopodivora

Amauromyza chenopodivora Spencer, 1971


The larva bores in the pith of the stem, and eats this out while descending as low as the root collar. But before that it makes a linear mine in the green rind of the stem. Occasionally oviposition takes place on a leaf, leading to a fine corridor (withou frass) running towards the midrib, and from there to the stem. The place where the larva finally exits the stem for pupation is indicated by a red-ringed hole.


Amaranthaceae, oligophagous

Amaranthus; Chenopodium album.


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


BE recorded (Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1996a).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a,1939a, as abnormalis).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to France, and from the UK to the Baltic States and Slovakia (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Dizygomyza, Phytobia abnormalis: auctorum; the real Amauromyza abnormalis (Malloch, 1913) is a North American species (Spencer, 1971a).


Andersen (2012a), Beuk (2002a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Hering (1955b, 1956a, 1957a, 1960a), Kabos (1971a), de Meijere (1924a, 1939a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1986a), Papp (2009a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Sasakawa (1961a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1996a), Spencer (1971a, 1972a, 1976a), Starke (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zlobin (1986b).

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