Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza centaureae

Liriomyza centaureae Hering, 1927

Liriomyza centaureae: mine on Centaurea jacea

Centaurea jacea, Belgium, prov. Namur, Couvin, lieu-dit “Roche Albéric” © Stéphane Claerebout: occupied mine

Liriomyza centaureae: mine on Centaurea jacea

same mine lighted from behind

Liriomyza centaureae: mine on Centaurea scabiosa

Centaurea scabiosa, Cartils


Fairly long, upper-surface, little branched corridor; loops close together. Frass in pearl chains or strings. Pupation external.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Centaurea cineraria, jacea, macroptilon, phrygia & subsp. pseudophrygia, scabiosa, stoebe; Cota tinctoria; Cyanus montanus.

The inclusion of Cota among the hostplants is based on the synonymy of Liriomyza anthemidis Pakalniškis.


Larvae in June-July (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded, see pictures above.

NE recorded (Ellis, several loc.).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and the Baltic States to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from the UK to hymgary; also in Thrace (Fauna Europaea, 2008) and Turkey (Civelek, Deeming & Önder, 2000a).


Described by de Meijere (1937); rear spiraculum with 8-9 papillae. Pakalniškis (1994a) mentions 6 or 7 in his anthemidis.


Yellow (Pakalniškis, 1994a).


Liriomyza anthemidis Pakalniškis (1994.


Ahr (1966a), Andersen (2016a), Beiger (1958a, 1970a, 1979a), Buhr (1964a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Civelek, Deeming & Önder (2000a), Griffiths (1962a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1927b, 1930b, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), Manning (1956a), de Meijere (1937a), Michalska (1970a), Nowakowski (1954a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1982b, 1994a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1971a, 1972a, 1976a), Starý (1930a), Süss & Moreschi (2003a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1969a).

Last modified 10.iii.2018