Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza ptarmicae

Liriomyza ptarmicae de Meijere, 1925

on Achillea, Anthemis, Glebionis

Liriomyza ptarmicae: vacated mine on Achillea ptarmica

Achillea ptarmica, Belgium, prov. Namur, Philippeville, RN les Tournailles, 17.vii.2018 © Stéphane Claerebout


Achillea millefolium, Bemelen


Achillea ptarmica, Amstelveen, Schinkelbos


Narrow brownish corridor, either upper- or lower-surface. Frass in strings or pearl chains. Pupation outside the mine. In small leaves the mine can be full-depth and occupy the entire leaf (Buhr, 1932a). At least in Achillea millefolium mines are generally found in the top half of the leaf.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Achillea distans, millefolium, ptarmica, seidlii; Anthemis arvensis; Glebionis coronaria.


Larvae in August Hering (1957a).


BE recorded (Ellis: Bois d’Etalles).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1939a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Pyrenees, Alps and Hungary, and from the UK to Belarus; also Sicily (Fauna Europaea, 2008).




Liriomyza aesalon Hering, 1936; Liriomyza chrysanthemi Hering, 1956; Liriomyza millefolii Hering, 1927 [Spencer, 1971a, 1976a], L. pilosa Spencer, 1969. L. ptarmicae has long been confused with L. pumila, that in his turn is considered now a synonym of L. strigata.


In 2004 I reported in this site Phytomyza corvimontana as a new spcies for the Dutch fauna, on the basis of two samples of vacated mines from the province of Overijssel. However, in 2007 I collected mine material on A. ptarmica in Amstelveen that by its mine agreed closely with corvimontana (in particular in the fine-grained texture of the frass, see the ©), but which was inhabited by an obvious Liriomyza larva. For the moment I assume therefore that the Dutch “corvimontana” provisionally can best be placed along with L. ptarmicae.


Achillea ptarmica, Amstelveen, Schinkelbos


Ahr (1966a), Andersen (2016a), Beuk (2002a), Buhr (1932a), (Černý 2001a, 2007a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý, Barták & Roháček (2004a), Černý & Vála (1996a, 1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Eiseman & Lonsdale (2018a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Hering (1927b, 1931f, 1936c, 1955b, 1956a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), (Kabos, 1971a), Martinez (1984a), de Meijere (1925a, 1939a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1982b, 1990a, 1994a, 1998a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Sasakawa (1994a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1954a, 1966b, 1971a, 1972a, 1976a), Starke (1942a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zlobin (1986b).

Last modified 15.xii.2018