Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza virgaureae

Phytomyza virgaureae Hering, 1926


Initially narrow, gradually and weakly widening corridor of about 10-12 cm. The mine is upper-surface, pale green. Feeding lines not conspicuous. Frass in separate grains or short pearl chains. Pupation outside the mine, exit slit in lower epidermis.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Bellis perennis; Solidago virgaurea & subsp. minuta.


Larve in June-July (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

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


Dempewolf (2001a) gives a detailed description; see also de Meijere (1937a), Beiger (1960) and Griffiths (1976c). Anterior spiraculum with 11-12 papillae, posterior with c. 14 papillae in an irregular curve.


See Beiger (1960).


Phytomyza umensis Rydén, 1949; Ph. simmi Beiger, 1959.


Andersen & Jonassen (1994a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1970a, 1972e, 1978a, 1979a), Bland (1992b, 1994b), Buhr (1941b, 1964a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Dempewolf (2001a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), Griffiths (1976c), Hering (1926b, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1937a), Nowakowski (1954a), Rydén (1951b, 1956a), Sasakawa (2005a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1972a, 1976a), Stammer (2016a), Starke (1942a), Süss (1982a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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