Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza cicerina

Liriomyza cicerina (Rondani, 1875)

Liriomyza cicerina mine

Melilotus altissimus, Nieuwendam


Oviposition upper-surface. Upper- or lower-surface, greenish or whitish gallery, sometimes a blotch. The corridor does not widen much and is not associated with the midrib. Frass in conspicuous thread fragments, alternating along the sides of the corridor. Pupation external. Exit slit along a side of the mine.


Fabaceae, oligophagous

Cicer arietinum; Hippocrepis emerus subsp. emeroides; Hymenocarpos circinnatus; Medicago sativa; Melilotus altissimus; Onobrychis viciifolia; Ononis spinosa &amnp; subp. hircina + procurrens; Securigera securidaca.

In southern Europe and elsewhere in the world a serious pest of chickpeas (Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a), Dempewolf (2004a), Spencer (1973b). According to Robbins also on Melilotus albus, officinalis.


Larvae in April-June and August-September (Hering, 1957a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1925a, 1939a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, Ireland excepted (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



parasitoids, predators

Pediobius metallicus.


Agromyza ciceri Navarro, 1903; Liriomyza ononidis de Meijere, 1925; L. trichophthalma Hering, 1931.


Benavent, Martínez, Moreno & Jiménez (2004a), Beuk (2002a), Bland (2001a), Buhr (1932a), Černý & Vála (2006a), Çikman, Beyarslan & Civelek (2006a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a), Dempewolf (2004a), Drăghia (1968a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Gil-Ortiz, Falcó-Garí, Oltra-Moscardó ao (2009a), Guglya (2021a), Hering (1930b, 1933b, 1957a, 1967a), Kabos (1971a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1925a, 1939a), Pakalniškis (1993a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1936a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1959a, 1961a, 1972a,b, 1973b, 1974a, 1976a), Süss (1982a), Utech (1962a).

Last modified 18.v.2022