Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza cirsii

Phytomyza cirsii Hendel, 1923

Phytomyza cirsii: mine of Cirsium cf arvense

Cirsium cf arvense, Belgium, prov. Namur, Nismes, RN Montagne-aux-Buis © Stéphane Claerebout

Phytomyza cirsii: mine on Cirsium arvense

Cirsium arvense,Flevoland, Reve-Abbertbos © Hans Jonkman

Phytomyza cirsii: mine on Cirsium vulgare

Cirsium vulgare, Amstelveen


Tortuous, upper-surface corridor, often somewhat greyish or yellowish, and/or following the leaf margin. Frass grains fairly small, separated by about their own diameter. Primary feeding lines often conspicuous. Pupation external.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Carduus acanthoides, crispus, defloratus & subsp. glaucus, nutans, personata; Cirsium acaulon, arvense, candelabrum, eriophorum, oleraceum, palustre, pannonicum, vulgare; Cynara; Serratula tinctoria.


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


BE recorded (Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1996a).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden and Finland to Spain and the Alps, and from Ireland to Lithuania, Poland and Austria; also Thrace (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Phytomyza cirsicola Hendel, 1927.


Ahr (1966a), Amsel & Hering (1931a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1978a, 1979a), Beuk (2002a), Bland (2001a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý (2001a, 2011a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Griffiths (1962a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1926b, 1936b, 1949a, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Maček (1999a), Manning (1956a), de Meijere (1924a, 1926a, 1939a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a, 2003a), Nowakowski (1954a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1986a, 1990a), Robbins (1991a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1995a, 1996a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1953a, 1957a, 1972a, 1976a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).


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