Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza puella

Liriomyza puella (Meigen, 1830)

on Asteraceae

Liriomyza puella: mine on Prenanthes purpurea

Prenanthes purpurea, Germany, Schwarzwald, Triberg, 850 m, 23.vii.2018 © Cor Zonneveld

Liriomyza puella: mine on Prenanthes purpurea


Liriomyza puella: mine on Prenanthes purpurea

another specimen


Lapsana communis, Bergen NH


Elongated upper-surface blotch, preceded by a long contorted gallery. Primary and secondary feeding lines conspicuous. Older mines quickly turn brown. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Cichorium intybus; Lactuca muralis; Lapsana communis; Prenanthes purpurea.

A reference by Kabos (1971a) to Sonchus probably refers to Liriomyza sonchi.


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


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Flaxweiler).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden tot the Iberian Peninsula and Austria, and from France to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008); also Britain (Godfray, 2011a), Slovenia (Maček, 1999a) and Bulgaria (Buhr, 1941b).


Described by de Meijere (1925a) and Beiger (1960b, as mycelis); front spiraculum with 9, rear spiraculum with 3, equally sized, papillae.


Described by Beiger (1960b, as mycelis).


Liriomyza mycelis Beiger, 1960 [publication date given as 1959 in Fauna Europaea (2008)].


Beiger (1958a, 1960b, 1965a, 1970a, 1979a), Beuk (2002a), Buhr (1941b, 1964a), Černý (2009a, 2011a), Černý & Merz (2007a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Godfray (2011a), Hering (1926a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1924a, 1925a, 1939a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a, 2003a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Pakalniškis (1993a, 2000a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Seidel (1957a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1957a, 1976a), Starý (1930a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

Last modified 11.vii.2019