Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza tussilaginis

Phytomyza tussilaginis Hendel, 1925

Phytomyza tussilaginis: mines on Tussilago farfara

Tussilago farfara, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Malempré; © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Phytomyza tussilaginis mine

Petasites hybridus, Nieuwendam

same mine, frass pattern


Upper-surface, quite long corridor with irregular sides, in the end about 4 mm wide. Frass, in discrete grains, alternating along the sides. Pupation outside the mine; exit slit in upper epidermis.


Asterceae, narrowly oligophgous

Petasites albus, frigidus, hybridus, paradoxus; Tussilago farfara.

Hering (1957a) also mentions Adenostyles, but Griffiths (1972b) assumes that this is in error. However, both Huber (1969a) and Maček (1999a) again mention Adenostyles alliariae and glabra as hostplants.


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


BE recorded (Mortelmans ao, 2014a).

NE recorded (Ellis, several localities).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Hobscheid).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Pyrenees and Italy, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



See Griffiths (1972b).


Phytomyza petasiti Spencer, 1969; Ph. kevani Griffiths, 1972.


It is surprising that this conspicuous and not at all rare mine has not been found by de Meijere. Perhaps the species has become more common recently.


Beiger (1960a, 1978a, 1979a), Buhr (1964a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Dempewolf (2001a), Griffiths (1972b), Haase (1942a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), Mortelmans, Boeraeve, Tamsyn ao (2014a), Robbins (1991), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Spencer (1954b, 1972a, 1976a), Starý (1930a), Ureche (2010a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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