Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Amauromyza obscura

Amauromyza obscura (Rohdendorf-Holmanová, 1959)


Upper-surface corridor-blotch; the corridor is c. 5 mm long. Frass as a green central band, (wider in the blotch), in which fine black grains are visible. Sometimes several mines in a leaflet. Pupation outside the mine, exit slit in the upper epidermis, at the margin of the mine.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Caragana arborescens, frutex.


Larvae from mid-June to mid-August, and in September – October (Nowakowski, 1960b).

distribution within Europe

Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Mandible with 3 teeth, alternating. Front spiraculum with 5 papillae; rear spiraculum with 3 hooklike papillae of almost equal size.

Amauromyza obscura: spiracula

anterior and posterior spiraculum (from Nowakowski, 1962b)


Yellow, 1.3 mm.


Irenomyia, Melanophytobia, obscura.


the description by Hering of Phytagromyza caraganae actually applies to the species above (Beiger).


Beiger (1984a), Hering (1957a), Michalska (2003a), Nowakowski (1960b, 1962b), Pakalniškis (1986a), Rohdendorf-Holmanová (1959a), Sobczyk & von Tschirnhaus (2023a).

Last modified 30.i.2024