Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha lateralis

Cerodontha lateralis (Macquart, 1835)


Upper surface corridor, mostly in the lower half of the blade, running upwards, and never occuying more than half the width of the leaf. Larva solitary. Frass in green smears. Pupation inside the mine.

host plants

Poaceae, narrowly oligophagous: Triticeae

Agropyron”; Ammophila arenaria; Dactylis; Elytrigia repens; Hordeum vulgare; Secale cerale; Triticum aestivum & subp. spelta.

Records from other hostplants than the ones mentioned are based on misidentifications (Nowakowski, 1973a). Elytrigia repens is the main hostplant.


Larvae in June-September (Nowakowski, 1973a).


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

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea (2007).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Serbia and Thrace, and from the UK to Poland (Fauna Europaea (2007).


Described by Hering (1931e), Nowakowski (1973a) and Venturi (1935a). The two rear arms of the cephalic skeleton dark form most of their length. Rear spiracula laterally with a black, finely spinulose “wart”, which is not so large that it covers the tracheal tube behind it.



Dizygomyza, Phytobia lateralis; Cerodontha vittigera (Zetterstedt, 1848), C. variceps (Zetterstedt, 1860), C. laminata (Brischke, 1880).


Member of the subgenus Poemyza (Nowakowski (1973a).

Nowakowski was doubtful about the Dutch records of this species, because of possible confusion with C. superciliosa. However, material collected recently in the Netherlands unequivocally belongs to C. lateralis.


Andersen (2012a), Beiger (1970a, 1979a, 1989a), Benavent, Martínez, Moreno & Jiménez (2004a), Beuk (2002a), Černý (2011a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Merz (2005a, 2006a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Dempewolf (2004a), Doorman (1962a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Griffiths (1962a), Hering (1926b, 1930b, 1931e, 1955b, 1956a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1924a, 1939a), Nowakowski (1973a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Sasakawa (1961a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1996a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1956a, 1972a, 1973b, 1976a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Süss (1982a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Vála & Rohacek (1983a), Venturi (1934a, 1935a), Warrington (2023b), Zlobin (1986b).

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