Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Amauromyza morionella

Amauromyza morionella (Zetterstedt, 1848)

Amauromyza morionella: mine on Stachys sylvatica

Stachys sylvatica, Belgium, Liège, Coteaux de la Citadelle © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Amauromyza morionella: mine on Stachys sylvatica, detail

detail of the initial gallery

Amauromyza morionella: detail of mine on Balllota nigra

Ballota nigra, Cadzand; initial gallery


The first part of the mine consists of a long, slender upper-surface corridor. After the first moult this changes into a large primary blotch without feeding lines. Frass in the corridor in short, somewhat angular thread fragments, towards the end even in grains. Frass arranged less nearly along the sides than in A. lamii. Pupation outside the mine.


Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Ajuga reptans; Ballota hirsuta, nigra; Galeopsis; Glechoma hederacea; Lamium galeobdolon ,maculatum, purpureum; Marrubium incanum, peregrinum, vulgare; Phlomis lychnitis, purpurea; Scutellaria; Stachys officinalis, sylvatica.


Larvae in April-July and August-October (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Ellis, 2001: Sinnich).

NE observed (Ellis, several localities).

LUX observed (Ellis, 2007: Flaxweiler).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Thrace, and from the UK to the Baltic States and Roumania (Fauna Europaea, 2007).



Dizygomyza, Phytobia morionella; Amauromyza novakii (Strobl, 1902).


Hering (1967a) and Süss (1991a) consider novakii a subspecies of morionella. Süss found constant differences in a large material from Italy, taken from Ballota.


Ahr (1966a), Amsel & Hering (1933a), Beiger (1970a, 1979a), Buhr (1941b, 1979a), Černý (2011a), Černý & Merz (2006a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Drăghia (1967a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Hering (1936b, 1955b, 1957a, 1967a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1966a,b, 1967a, 1971a, 1972a, 1976a), Stammer (2016a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Stolnicu (2007a) Süss (1991a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Ureche (2010a), Zoerner (1969a).


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