Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza pisivora

Liriomyza pisivora Hering, 1954

Liriomyza pisivora: mine on Pisum sativum

Pisum sativum, UK, Norfolk, Downham Market © Rob Edmunds

Liriomyza pisivora: mine on Pisum sativum

same leaf, underside


Lathyrus sylvestris, Pietersberg




Lathyrus sylvestris; Belgium, Viroinval: frass pattern


Long whitish gallery, almost always lower-surface at first, then becoming largely or totally upper-surface. The first section of the gallery often is remarkably straight. Because lower- and upper-surface tracts often cross the leaf looks distinctly mottled when held against the light. The final part of the gallery generally is upper-surface. The gallery often follows a thick vein for a considerable distance. Frass in alternating thread fragments. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Lathyrus latifolius, niger, odoratus, pratensis, sylvestris; Pisum sativum; Vicia cracca.

No damage to mention (Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen, 2000a; Spencer, 1973b).


Larvae in summer (Robbins, 1991a).


BE recorded (Ellis: Viroinval).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1925a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Ahn).

distribution within Europe

From Lithuania to the Pyrenees, and from the UK to Czechia; also Corsica (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Liriomyza bulbipalpis von Tschirnhaus 1992.


Mines also in the wings of petioles and stem; these mines can be up to 8 cm long and can hardly be distinguished from those of Liriomyza strigata, that also can mine in the wings (Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė, 2003a).


Beiger (1970a, 1989a), Bland (2001a), Buhr (1964a), Černý & Merz (2006a), Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a), Henshaw & Howse (1989a), Hering (1954a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Irving (2022a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1925a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1998a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1959a, 1972a, 1973b), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

Last modified 22.i.2022