Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha luctuosa

Cerodontha luctuosa (Meigen, 1830)


Long, for most part interparenchymatous, corridor. Frass in one big clump. Up to three larvae in a mine. Pupation within the mine.


Juncaceae, monophagous

Juncus articulatus, bufonius, conglomeratus, effusus, inflexus.

References to other plant genera are due to misidentifications (Nowakowski, 1973a).


Larvae from June to September (Nowakowski, 1973a); hibernation as puparium in the mine (Karl, 1926a).


BE recorded (De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1991a).

NE de Meijere (1941a) wrote that he had found the species near Amsterdam, but the hostplant he mentioned is Carex hirta. The “true” luctuosa was found as late as 2011 at Hoenderloo.

LUX not recorded Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

Europe west of Finland – Belarus – Serbia (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Described by Nowakowski (1973a). Rear spiraculum with 3 clawlike papillae. Also de Meijere (1928a, 1934a, 1941a, 1950a) discussed and described the larva (partly as als effusi) but part of his material comes from Carex hirta and refers to Cerodontha hirtae Nowakowski.



Dizygomyza, Phytobia luctuosa; Dizygomyza effusi Karl, 1926.


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


Andersen (2012a), Andersen & Jonassen (1994a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a), Beuk (2002a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Černý (2001a, 2009a, 2010a, 2011a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Merz (2006a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Groschke (1954a), Hering (1926b, 1955b, 1957a), Karl (1926a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1928a, 1934a, 1941a, 1949a), Michalska (1976a), Nowakowski (1973a), Pakalniškis (1990a, 1998a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Sasakawa (1961a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1996a, 1999a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1966b, 1972a, 1976a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Süss (1982a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Withers (2007a), Zoerner (1970a)

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