Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cerodontha superciliosa

Cerodontha superciliosa (Zetterstedt, 1860)


Upper-surface corridor, generally in the upper half of the blade, running up to the leaf tip, usually occupying more then half the width of the leaf. Frass in green stripes at either side of the corridor. Never more than one larva in a mine. Puparium within the mine, metallic black, not anchored with a string of silk.


Poaceae, broadly oligophagous

Ammocalamagrostis baltica; Ammophila arenara; Apera spica-ventia; Avena sativa; Dactylis glomerata; Echinochloa crus-galli; Elytrigia repens; Hordeum jubatum, vulgare; Leymus arenarius; Phleum pratense; Poa compressa; Secale cereale; Triticum aestivum; Zea mays.


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


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

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, and from the UK to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Rear spiraculum laterally with a large, finely spinulose “wart” that almost hides the trachea behind it. The two rear arms of the cephalic skeleton dark for most of their length (Nowakowski, 1973a).


Metallic black, slightly depressed; rear spiracula almost parallel, the two forming an U when seen from above.


Agromyza coquilletti Malloch, 1913.


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

Until about 1970 confused with C. lateralis (Spencer, 1971a). Placed on the Dutch list by Beuk (2002a) but without an acceptable argumentation.


Beiger (1989a), Beuk (2002a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Nowakowski (1973a) Papp & Černý (2016a), Spencer (1971a, 1972a, 1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a, 2000a), Vála & Rohacek (1983a).

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