Phytomyza araciocecis Hering, 1958
Larvae tunnel in the midrib of the ground rosette, causing a gall-like swelling. Pupation within the ‘mine’.
Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous
Galls have been found in spring, but probably occur also later in the summer (Hering, 1958c).
Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2008).
distribution within Europe
Germany and Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008).
Described by Hering (1958c).
In the caption of the figure that accompanies Hering’s description the species name is written as araciocesis. This is an obvious printing error, as the specie is compared with crepidocecis, the epithet –cecis referring to the gall induced by the larva. Nevertheless, the name is spelled araciocesis by the Fauna Europaea (2008).
Buhr (1964a), Hering (1958c), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).