Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza rostrata

Phytomyza rostrata Hering, 1934

Phytomyza rostrata: vacated mine on Euphrasia

Euphrasia sp., België, prov. Namen, Couvin, Ry de Pernelle; © Stéphane Claerebout


Short and narrwo corridor in the leaves, bracts or even calyce, ending upon a thick vein. From there the larva descends as a borer. Infested plants largely die off. Pupation and hibernation within the mine.


Orobanchaceae, oligophagous

Euphrasia “officinalis”; Melampyrum nemorosum, pratense; Odontites verna, vulgaris; Rhinanthus alectorolophus, angustifolius.


Two generations.


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE Found on Melampyrum at several localities in the province of Gelderland (Moraal & Dirkse (1992a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden and Finland to the Pyrenees and the Alps, and from the UK to Belarus (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


Described by de Meijere (1946a, 1950a).


Phytomyza sagitta Hendel, 1935; Ph. wuestnei Rydén, 1958; Ph. oblita Spender, 1969.


Beuk (1999a), Bland (1992b, 1999a), Černý, Barták & Roháček (2004a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Hering (1934d, 1944a, 1960a), Huber (1969a), de Meijere (1946a, 1950a), Moraal & Dirkse (1992a), Pakalniškis (1982b, 1990a, 1998a), Spencer (1971a, 1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1975a).

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