Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza erigerophila

Phytomyza erigerophila Hering 1927

Diptera, Agromyzidae


Upper-surface, fairly wide, branching corridor without apparent feeding lines. At least in Erigeron older mines turn reddish=brown. Frass in isolated grains and pearl chains. Pupation outside the mine.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Aster amellus, novi-belgii; Erigeron acris, annuus, canadensis; ? Hieracium, Symphyotrichum novi-belgii.

May perhaps also occur on Tripolium pannonicum subsp. tripolium; see the note below.


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


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (Hering, 1959a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Finland to the Pyrenees and the Alps, and from the UK to Poland; also Bulgaria (Fauna Europaea, 2008); also Slovenia (1999a).


Described by de Meijere (1928a as erigerophila, 1937a as asteribia) and by Griffiths (1976c); achterspiraculum with 8-11 papillae.


Phytomyza archhieracii Hering, 1927; Ph. asteribia Hering, 1935.


De Meijere (1924a) described a new species, Ph. tripolii, bred from Aster tripolium. The mine was not described, and the description of the fly is too incomplete for recognition (Griffiths, 1976c). De Meijere described the larva in 1926a. Ten years later (1937a), while describing the larva of Ph. asteribia he noted a strong resemblance with the one of tripolii. There is therefore a possibility that tripolii and asteribia/erigerophila refer to the same species. However, the type of tripolii is lost (de Jong, 2000a), and the name of tripolii must be put aside as unresolvable.


Ahr (1966a), Beuk (2002a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Deeming (1995a), Griffiths (1976c), Hering (1927b, 1955b, 1957a, 1959a), Huber (1969a), de Jong (2000a), Kabos (1971a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1924a, 1928a, 1939a), Nowakowski (1954a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Robbins (1991), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1970a).


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