Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza astrantiae

Phytomyza astrantiae Hendel, 1924


Astrantia major, Diemen (leg BJ de Vries)


Irregular corridor; the sides are so irregular that it becomes a secondary bloth locally. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Apiaceae, monophagous

Astrantia major.


Larvae in April-June and August (Hering, 1957a). Homan (2011a) found in Britain active larvae in October/November; perhaps the species is trivoltine there, when conditions are favourable.


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (Ellis: Diemen, Haarzuilens, Sijberkarspel).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Britain to Poland and from Germany to Slovenia; also Turkey



Found in the Netherlands in 2001 an in Britain in 2009 (Homan, 2009a). An inspection of gardens may produce more localities.


Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1960a, 1970a), Buhr (1964a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Civelek, Tonguc, Ozgul & Dursun (2007a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), Godfray (2010a, 2013a), Hering (1955b, 1957a), Homan (2009a, 2011a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1926a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Warrington (2018a).

Last modified 21.ix.2018