Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza approximata

Liriomyza approximata (Hendel, 1920)

on Daphne

Liriomyza approximata: occupied mine on Daphne mezereum

Daphne mezereum, Belgium, prov. Namur, Rochefort, Tienne de Boton © Ruben Meert

Liriomyza approximata: occupied mine on Daphne mezereum

mine, lighted from behind


Upper-surface blotch. Pupation outside the mine. Exit slit in upper epidermis. Hering (1924b) gives an illustration.


Thymelaeaceae, monophagous

Daphne mezereum.


Mines in June – July (Hering, 1957a).


The pictures above document the first observation in the Benelux.

distribution within Europe

Finland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy (Fauna Europaea, 2007); also Hungary, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Slovenia.


Mandible with 2 teeth; both front and rear spiraculum with a large number of minute papillae.


Dizygomyza, Phytobia, Praspedomyza approximata.


Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1965a, 1979a, 1980a), Buhr (1964a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Hering (1924b, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1925a), Michalska (1976a), Papp (2009a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Skala (1936a), Spencer (1976a), Starke (1942a), Süss (1992a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1969a)

Last modified 7.iii.2018