Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza obscurella

Phytomyza obscurella Fallén, 1823

on Aegopodium

Phytomyza obscurella: mines

Aegopodium podagraria, Losser

Phytomyza obscurella: mine

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An upper-surface, strongly widening corridor, often following the leaf margin for some distance, with much blackish green, deliquescent frass in its centre. Pupation outside the mine.


Apiaceae, monophagous

Aegopodium podagraria.

Kabos (1971a) and van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a) mention also Angelica, Chaerophyllum and Pimpinella as hostplants; this is not correct.


Larvae in three generations,in July, August, and September-November (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1991a).

NE recorded (van der Wulp, 1871).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and Finland tot the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from Ireland to Lithuania, Poland and Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Smooth, shining black.

parasitoids, predators

Chrysocharis viridis.


Already mentioned from the Netherlands in 1871 by van der Wulp. Hering (1924a) also mentioned the species, from Aegopodium podagraria and, probably by mistake, Angelica sylvestris.


Ahr (1966a), Allen (1956a,b), Andersen (2013a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1965a, 1970a, 1979a), Bland (1992b), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Haase (1942a), Hering (1921a, 1955b, 1956a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1895a, 1924a, 1926a, 1939a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a, 2003a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1982b, 1990a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1936a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Spencer (1953a, 1972a, 1976a), Stammer (2016a), Starke (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Ureche (2010a), van der Wulp (1871a), Zoerner (1969a).

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