Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytoliriomyza jacarandae

Phytoliriomyza jacarandae Steyskal & Spencer, 1978

Diptera, Agromyzidae


Corridor, widening into a large blotch. Pupation external.


Bignoniaceae, monophagous

Jacaranda mimosifolia.

distribution within Europe



Jacaranda is a tree, native to South America, with a very high ornamental value. For this reason the species is cultivated in all subtropical regions of the world. Ph. jacarandae is described from California, and known furthermore from South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

The miner has been found on a few widely separated localities in Italy, and it may be expected that the species will soon show up also elsewhere in Mediterranean Europe. The damage suffered by the trees seems to be considerable.


Bella, Mazzeo & Süss (2007a).


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