Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha phragmitophila

Cerodontha phragmitophila Hering, 1935

Cerodontha phragmitophila mine

Phragmites australis; from Hering (1935a)


Vertically oriented corridor in the leaf sheath (very rarely in the blade). Often several mines together, sometimes confluent. Frass in dispersed little granules. Pupation within the mine.

host plants

Poaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Arundo donax; Phragmites australis.


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


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

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Belgium to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from Poland to Serbia and Roumania (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Mandible with two teeth (de Meijere, 1937a, Nowakowski, 1973a).


Relatively slender; front spiraculum weakly bifid with about 10 papillae; rear spiraculum fist-shaped with ca. 15, irregularly arranged large papillae (Venturi, 1946a).


C. arundinis Nowakowski, 1973.


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

In old galleries lives the larva of the gall midge Lasioptera donacis


Buhr (1941b), Černý (2010a, 2011a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý & Merz (2006a), Černý & Vála (2006a), Dursun, Civelek, Barták ao (2015a), Gibbs (2006b), Guglya (2021a), Hering (1935a, 1957a), Maček (1999a), Nartshuk (2011a), Nowakowski (1973a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1996a), Spencer (1957f), Venturi (1946a), Warrington (2022c).

Last modified 22.i.2022