Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza senecionis

Phytomyza senecionis Kaltenbach, 1869

on Senecio s.l.

Phytomyza senecionis: mine on Senecio ovatus

Senecio ovatus, Amstelveen, JP Thijsssepark, 7.vii.2018© Cor Zonneveld

Phytomyza senecionis: mine on Senecio ovatus

another specimen

Phytomyza senecionis mine

Senecio ovatus, Germany (Baden-Württemberg), Baden-Weiler

Phytomyza senecionis mine detail

same mine, detail


Long to very long, upper-surface corridor. Often the corridor over long distances closely follows the main vein (it never is positioned on top of the vein!), making a hairpin turn not far from the leaf tip. Frass in discrete, regularly and closely placed granules. Not unfrequently several mines co-occur in a badly damaged leaf. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Jacobaea paludosa, subalpina; Senecio nemorensis, ovatus, sarracenicus.

Records from other Senecio species (alpinus, doronicum, erucifolius, jacobaea, vulgaris) are probably erroneous.


Larvae from May till September.


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

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1926a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach, Clervaux).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark to Austria, and from Belgium to Poland; also Bulgaria (Fauna Europaea, 2008).




Phytomyza lappae: de Meijere, 1926.


Usually quite common wherever the host plant occurs, also in parks.


Beiger (1960a, 1965a, 1970a, 1978a, 1979a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1941b, 1964a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Csóka (2003a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Griffiths (1972b), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Kvičala (1938a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1926a, 1928a, 1939a), Seidel (1957a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1976a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1969a).

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