Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza tragopogonis

Liriomyza tragopogonis de Meijere, 1928


Green, later brownish corridor or more often an elongated blotch overlying the midrib. The mine has short, irregular side branches. Frass in irregular, dispersed grains. Pupation outside the mine.


Asteraceae, monophagous

Tragopogon porrifolius, pratensis.

Buhr (1932) mentions Scorzonera angustifolia and lacinata as hostplants in Mecklenburg (NW Germany). This association is not repeated in the later literature, although Buhr’s description of the mine closely fits that of tragoponis (and decidedly not that of the mine of L. scorzonerae).

Hering (1957a) mentions L. pusio in relation with Scorzonera; this species has been confused for decades with tragopogonis.


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


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (Kabos, 1971a, as L. hieracii on Tragopogon).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to the Pyrenees, and from the UK to the Baltic States and Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Liriomyza pusio: Hering (1957a) and others.


Beiger (1958a), Buhr (1932a), Griffiths (1963b), Guglya (2021a), Hering (1930b, 1954a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971), de Meijere (1925a, 1928a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1994a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1971a, 1972a, 1976a), Starý (1930a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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