Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha pygmella

Cerodontha pygmella (Hendel, 1931)


Broad elongated blotch. Frass greenish. Larvae generally communal. Pupation within the mine. The black puaria are individually anchored within the mine with a silken thread attached at their rear end.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Calamagrostis arundinacea, epigeios, villosa; Drymochloa sylvatica; Leucopoa carpatica.


Larvae from July till October.


not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and the Baltic States to Germany, Czechia, and Slovakia, and from Britain to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2009); mountain species (Nowakowski, 1973a). Cited by Gil Ortiz (2009a) from Spain.


Rear spiraculum with 5-6 claw-shaped papillae. At their outside, half-ventrally, a relatively large black “wart” with a deep, well-visible “root” (Nowakowski, 1973a).


Metallic black with a violet or blue shine. Rear spiracula on a common base (Nowakowski, 1973a).


Cerodontha lapplandica (Rydén, 1956); C. tatrica Nowakowski, 1967.


Member of the subgenus Poemyza (Nowakowski, 1973a; Spencer, 1976a).


Andersen (2012a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Gil-Ortiz, Martinez & Jiménez-Peydró (2010a), Kahanpää (2014a), Nowakowski (1973a), Pakalniškis (1994a), Papp & Černý (2016a), Rydén (1956a), Spencer (1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Vála & Rohacek (1983a), Warrington (2019e).

Last modified 9.i.2020