Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha muscina

Cerodontha muscina (Meigen, 1830)


Broad, lower-surface corridor that mostly descends from the leaf tip. The mine is somewhat irregular in depth. Frass in irregular, green-blaock, sometimes a bit deliquescent granules, mostly along the sides. Larva solitary. Pupation generally within the mine.

host plants

Poaceae, widely oligophagous

Agropyron”; Bromus; Dactylis; Echinochloa crus-galli; Ehrharta; Elytrigia repens; Festuca ovina; Hierochloe odorata; Holcus mollis; Hordeum murinum; Lolium multiflorum; Milium effusum; Ochlopoa annua; Poa nemoralis; Schedonorus giganteus.

Records from Phalaris refer to C. phalaridis, of Calamagrostis to C. calamagrostidis (Nowakowski, 1973a).


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


BE recorded (Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1995a).

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

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, Austria and Serbia, and from England to Belarus (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Described by Nowakowski (1973a). The description by de Meijere (1928a) is after a larva taken from Calamagrostis.


Metallic black with a violet or blue shine, flattened, and with the intersegmental constrictions fairly deep. Rear spiracula on two conical, divergent protuberances, drawn out in the shape of a dagger; they penetrate the epidermis. The spiracula with their base look like a high M.


Dizygomyza, Phytobia, Poemyza muscina.


Belongs tot the subgenus Poemyza (Nowakowski, 1973a).


Andersen (2012a), Andersen & Jonassen (1994a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1965a, 1979a), Beuk (2002a), Černý (2001a, 2007a, 2011a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Merz (2006a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Dursun, Civelek, Barták ao (2015a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Guglya (2021a), Hering (1924b, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), de Meijere (1924a, 1928a, 1939a), Michalska (1976a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1982b, 1998a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Parmenter (1949a), Robbins (1991a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1995a, 1999a), Spencer (1972a,b, 1976a), Starke (1942a), Süss (1982a, 1999a), Zlobin (1984a, 1986b).

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