Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza aegopodii

Phytomyza aegopodii Hendel, 1923


Initially some small corridors, arranged in a star, often following a vein. Later they are overun by a large primary blotch that often adheres to the leaf margin. Primary feeding lines apparent, but secondary ones not. Frass initially almost invisible, in the later blotch in big black pieces. Pupation outside the mine.


Apiaceae, monophagous

Aegopodium podagraria.


Larvae in July and September-October (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

Lithuania, Poland, Austria (Fauna Europaea, 2008); also Sweden (de Meijere, 1937a) and Hungary (Surányi, 1942a).


Described by de Meijere (1937a).


See below.


Spencer (1976a) synonymized this species with Ph. angelicae. This synonymy, that is supported by von Tschirnhaus (1999a), is not accepted by Beiger (1981a) and Pakalniškis, (2000a) who note differences in the mines of both species. This matches with the findings by de Meijere (1937a). de Meijere not only remarked the mandibles of Ph. aegopodii are unusual, with two very sharp teeth, but he also explicitely mentions as a difference a dark band of fine warts over the mouth orifice in aegopodii, that is absent in angelicae. Also the Fauna Europaea treats aegopodii as a valid species.


Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1955a, 1965a, 1970a, 1979a, 1981a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Kahanpää (2014a), de Meijere (1937a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a), Michna (1975a), Pakalniškis (2000a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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