Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Liriomyza valerianae

Liriomyza valerianae Hendel, 1932

Liriomyza valerianae: unfinished mine on Valeriana officinalis

Valeriana officinalis, Belgium, prov. Liège, Aywaille, Carrière de la Falize, © Carina Van Steenwinkel: unfinished mine (parasitised)


Valeriana officinalis, Duin en Kruidberg

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same mine, detail


Corridor, often quite contorted, not infrequently a secondary blotch. Frass in strikingly long strings. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, oligophagous

Centranthus ruber; Valeriana alliariifolia, dioica, montana, officinalis, pratensis, saxatilis, tripteris; Valerianella coronata, dentata, locusta, rimosa, vesicaria.


Larvae in May and July (Hering, 1957a), but larvae found in the Netherlands in August and September.


BE recorded (Ellis: Bois de Pétigny; Dourbes).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a, als L. fasciola).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Pyrenees, and from the UK to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008); also Corsica (Buhr, 1941b).


Described by de Meijere (1925a, as L. fasciola); rear spiraculum with 3 papillae.


Andersen (2016a), Beiger (1960a, 1965a), Beuk (2002a), Bland (1994c), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Griffiths (1962), Haase (1942a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Maček (1999a), Manning (1956a), de Meijere (1924a, 1925a, 1934a, 1939a), Pakalniškis (1986a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Robbins (1991), Skala (1936a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1954a,b, 1972a, 1976a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a, 2000a).

Last modified 20.vii.2019