Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza pieninica

Phytomyza pieninica Nowakowski, 1963


Upper surface corridor; the first part is rather straight, and often follows the leaf margin. The second part is strongly wound, intestine-like, and forms a secondary blotch. Frass in coarse, irregularly dispersed, widely separated grains. Pupation in the mine, in a lower-surface pupal chamber; the front spiracula of the puparium penetrate the lower epidermis.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Aster alpinus.


Occupied mines were found in late summer.

distribution within Europe

Poland, (Fauna Europaea, 2009); Pieniny Mountains.


Mandibles two-teethed, alternating. No frontal appendage. Front spiraculum bud-shaped, with 9 papillae; rear spiraculum with c. 15 papillae in an ellipse.


Light brown, smooth and shining, c. 2.3 mm long.


Griffiths (1976c), Nowakowski (1963a), Michalska, Myssura & Walczak (2010a).

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