Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha spinata

Cerodontha spinata (Groschke, 1954)


Upper-surface corridor that ends in the leaf sheath. At least twice the corridors reverses its direction. Frass in one big lump. Puparium inside the mine, generally in the leaf sheath, close to the frass mass.

host plants

Cyperaceae, monophagous

Carex pilosa, sylvatica

C. sylvatica is the main host plant.


Larvae from March-June (Nowakowski, 1973a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

UK, Germany, Poland, Czechia, Austria (Fauna Europaea, 2007).



Like is a common rule in the genus Cerodontha, the larval thorax has both ventrally and dorsally, sometimes paired, protuberances. In this species the paired projections of the pronotum in the pupal stage penetrate the wall of the puparium as two conspicuous spines.


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


Beiger (1970a), Černý (2013a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Gibbs (2002a, 2004a), Groschke (1954a), Hering (1955a, 1957a), Nowakowski (1973a), Papp & Černý (2016a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Winqvist, Černý & Andersen (2020a).

Last modified 10.i.2021