Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza kaltenbachi

Phytomyza kaltenbachi Hendel, 1922

Diptera, Agromyzidae


The first part of the mine is a lower-surface, thread thin and very long, shallow, initially whitish, later brown corridor that winds through the leaf several times and crosses itself repeatedly. Frass here in a narrow central line. After a moult starts the second part of the mine: also a corridor, with irregular sides and clear primary feeding lines. Frass in this second part in black strings. Puparium within the mine, in a lower-surface pupal chamber (Hering, 1957a; Spencer, 1976a).


Ranunculaceae, oligophagous

Actaea spicata; Clematis alpina, recta, vitalba.

Maček (1999a) also mentions Caltha palustris; this requires confirmation.


Mines in June-August.


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

distribution within Europe

From Denmark to the Alps, and from the UK to Poland; also Thrace (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


De Meijere (1928a, 1938a, 19041a).


Phytomyza atragenis Hering, 1931; Phytomyza philactaea Hering, 1931.


Species of warm and dry habitats (Hering, 1957a).


Černý (2013a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Csóka (2003a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1931f, 1957a, 1961a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1928a, 1938a, 1941a), Mihajlović, Spasić, Petanović & Mihajlović (1998a), Pakalniškis (2004a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1976a), Starý (1930a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).


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