Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza cecidonomia

Phytomyza cecidonomia Hering, 1937

on Hypochaeris, etc.

Phytomyza cecidonomia on Hypochaeris radicata

Hypochaeris radicata, Denmark, Mols, vi.2023 © Sébastien Carbonelle

Phytomyza cecidonomia on Hypochaeris radicata

basal part of the mine, with exit opening and puparium

Phytomyza cecidonomia on Hypochaeris radicata



Larva in a gallery in the base of the midrib, causing the midrib to swell as a gall. Pupation takes place in the “mine”, close to an ready made, upper-surface, exit opening.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Crepis paludosa; Hypochaeris radicata; Picris hieracioides.


Larvae between May and July (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to the Pyrenees, and from the UK to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


Described by Hering (1957b); rear spiraculum with 14 papillae.


Phytomyza britannica Griffiths, 1956.


Buhr (1955a, 1964a), Černý (2011a), Černý & Merz (2006a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Griffiths (1956a), Hering (1957a,b), Robbins (1991a), Roháček, Černý, Ebejer & Kubík (2020a), Spencer (1971a, 1972a, 1976a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

Last modified 21.iii.2024