Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza alpina

Phytomyza alpina Groschke, 1957


Initially narrow, but in the end quite broad upper-surface corridor; sides parallel at first, weakly scalloped later. Frass grains especially towards the end unusually large and wide apart. Pupation outside the mine, exit slit mostly in the upper epidermis.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Jacobaea alpina, incana subsp. carniolica, subalpina, vulgaris; Senecio nemorensis, ovatus; Tussilago farfara.

In North-America also on Petasites (Griffiths, 1972b).


Larvae in July Groschke (1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Ireland to Poland and the Alps; also Bulgaria, Slovenia (Beiger, 1979a; Maček, 1999a; Fauna Europaea, 2009).


“Similar to those of Ph. tussilaginis” (Griffiths, 1972b); anterior spiraculum with 14-18 papillae, rear spiraculum with 22-36!


Boreo-alpine species.


Beiger (1978a, 1979a), Bland (1994b), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Griffiths (1972b), Groschke (1957a), Hering ((1957a #4778, 1962a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), Spencer (1972a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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