Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha caricicola

Cerodontha caricicola (Hering, 1926)


Carex sylvatica, Amstelveen, JP Thijssepark


Long upper-surface corridor, mainly in the top half of the blade. De mine descends, but changes direction a few times (up, down, up). Frass in one big lump. Puparium in the mine, fastened ventrally in the mine with dried frass.


Cyperaceae, monophagous

Carex arenaria, digitata, flacca, hirta, leporina, muricata, pendula, pilosa, pilulifera, remota, sempervirens, sylvatica.

C. sylvatica is the main hostplant.


Larvae in July and November-December (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Ellis, prov. Liège & Luxembourg).

NE recorded (Ellis, several localities).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From the Baltic States to France, and from the UK to Hungary; possibly also Scandinavia (Fauna Europaea, 2007).




Dizygomyza, Phytobia sonderupi Hering, 1937.


References from Carex acutiformis, elata and pseudocyperus probably are due to confusion with Cerodontha morosa.

Member of the subgenus Dizygomyza (Nowakowski, 1973a).


Andersen (2012a), Černý & Merz (2005a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Griffiths (1962a, 1964a), Groschke (1954a), Hering (1926b, 1957a), Michalska (1970a), Nowakowski (1973a), Pakalniškis (1990a, 1993a, 1996a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1954a, 1972a, 1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

Last modified 9.iii.2018