Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza wahlgreni

Phytomyza wahlgreni Rydén, 1944


The larva lives in a corridor of just a few cm long within the midrib. The leaf is stunted and the midrib is strongly swollen, like galled. In the end the mine turns red. Pupation within the mine, near a previously made exit in the upper surface of the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Taraxacum officinale


Larvae in April-May (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

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


Phytomyza taraxacocecis Hering, 1949.


Andersen (2013a), Andersen & Jonassen (1994a), Buhr (1955a, 1965a), Černý (2001a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Černý & Merz (2006a, 2007a), Černý & Vála (1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Corbet (2004a), Griffiths (1964a), Hering (1949b, 1957a), Pakalniškis (1990a, 1998a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Spencer (1972a, 1976a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), Süss (1992a), von Tschirnhaus (1969b, 1999a), Zlobin (1986b).

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