Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha phragmitidis

Cerodontha phragmitidis Nowakowski, 1967

Cerodontha phragmitidis mine in Phragmites australis

Phragmites australis, Nieuwendam


puparium in the mine


Elongated blotch, usually in the distal part of the blade. The mine is mostly interparenchymatous, less frequently lower-surface, and rarely upper-surface. Rather little frass, in fairly large grains, scattered in the mine. Larva generally solitary. Pupation almost always within the mine..

host plants

Poaceae, monophagous

Phragmites australis

A reference toCalamagrostis epigeios in de Meijere (1928a) must be a misunderstanding.


Larvae in June-September, less often also May and October (Nowakowski, 1973a).


BE recorded (Scheirs & De Bruyn, 1992a).

NE recorded (de Meijere (1924a,as C. atra).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

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




Cerodontha atra: Hendel, Hering, de Meijere ao

parasitoids, predators

Chrysocharis polyzo; Pnigalio pectinicornis, phragmitis.


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

A few times I noted two minuscule perforations in the leaf epidermis where this was touched by the rear spiracula; how they were made is unclear.


Beuk (2002a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Dursun, Civelek, Barták, Kubík, Yildirim & Černý (2015a), Griffiths (1962a), Guglya (2021a), Kabos (1971a), de Meijere (1924a, 1925a, 1939a), Nartshuk (2011a), Nowakowski (1973a), Pakalniškis (1993a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Robbins (1991a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1995a, 1996a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & Verdyck (1993a), Spencer (1954a, 1972a, 1976a), Süss (1982a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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