Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza melana

Phytomyza melana Hendel, 1920


A short, narrow, upper-surface corridor, starting the in the centre of the leaf, that suddenly widens strongly. The widened corridor loosely follows the leaf margin. Frass in irregularly scattered black granules. Primary feeding lines conspicuous. Pupation outside the mine; according to Allen (1956a) the exit slit is in the upper epidermis.

host plants

Apiaceae, monophagous

Pimpinella major, saxifraga.


Larvae in May-June (Hering, 1957a).


Niet bekend uit de Benelux-landen (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

UK, Germany, Poland, Austria (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


Described by Allen (1957b); rear spiraculum with about 13 papillae; no frontal appendage.


De Meijere (1926a).


Phytomyza obscuripes Hering, 1927.


Allen (1956a, 1957b), Andersen (2013a), Beiger (1955a), Černý & Bächli (2018a), Csóka (2003a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), Griffiths (1957a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1927b, 1955b, 1957a, 1961a), Huber (1969a), de Meijere (1926a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1954b, 1972a, 1976a), Starke (1942a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

Last modified 17.iii.2019