Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza brassicae

Liriomyza brassicae (Riley, 1884)

Liriomyza brassicae: mine on Tropaeulum majus

Tropaeolum majus, Crete, Tymbaki © Paul Fontaine

Liriomyza brassicae: mine on Tropaeolum majus

mines, lighted from behind (with parasitoid pupa)


Little or not branched corridor, either lower-surface or, more frequently, upper-surface, without apparent association with the midrib. Frass in unusually long strings. Pupation outside the mine.


Brassicaceae, Capparaceae, Cleomaceae, Resedaceae, Tropaeolaceae; narrowly polyphagous

Barbarea; Brassica juncea, napus, oleracea, rapa; Bunias; Cakile maritima; Capparis spinosa; Cardamine kitaibelii; Cardaria draba; Cleome; Diplotaxis erucoides; Eruca; Erysimum cheiri; Hirschfeldia incana; Isatis; Lepidium; Matthiola; Moricandia arvensis; Raphanus raphanistrum; Reseda lutea; Sisymbrium loeselii, officinale, orientale, strictissimum, volgense; Tropaeolum majus

A minor pest on cabbage (Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a).

Cited by Gil Ortiz (2009a) also from Pisum; this must be a case of xenophagy.


Larvae from April to September (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

Southern Europe.


Described by Beri (1971d, 1974a). Rear spiraculum with 3 papillae.


Liriomyza cruciferarum Hering, 1927; mitis (Curran, 1931); hawaiiensis Frick, 1952; bulnesiae Spencer, 1963; ornephila Garg, 1971.


Beiger (1979a, 1989a), Benavent, Martínez, Moreno & Jiménez (2004a), Beri (1971d, 1974a), Černý (2004a), Černý & Merz (2006a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a), Drăghia (1967a, 1968a, 1970a, 1972a), Eiseman & Lonsdale (2018a), Garg (1971c), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Gil-Ortiz, Falcó-Garí, Oltra-Moscardó ao (2009a), Hering (1927a, 1930b, 1936b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), Michalska (2003a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Sasakawa (1961a, 1997b), Shiao (2004a), Shiao, Lin & Wu (1991a), Spencer (1957g, 1973b), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Utech (1962a).

Last modified 21.ix.2018