Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ptochomyza asparagi

Ptochomyza asparagi Hering, 1942


Diminutive mines in the “needles”. Rarely, but then in large numbers, also in the rind of thin branches. One leaf is completely mined out, sometimes the larva migrates to a second one. Puparium in the mine, either in the base or in the tip (Hering, 1942a; Spencer, 1973b).


Asparagaceae, monophagous

Asparagus officinalis.

No damage to mention (Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen, 2000a; Spencer, 1973b).


Mines in August (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

From Lithuania to the Iberian Peninsula, and from France to Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


The larvae are extensively described by de Meijere (194a). They are rather aberrant, with anterior spiracula on long stalks and strongly elongated spinelike rear spiracula.


Beiger (1989a), Benavent, Martínez, Moreno & Jiménez (2004a), Buhr (1964a), Darvas, Skuhravá & Andersen (2000a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Hering (1942a, 1957a), de Meijere (1943a), Papp (2009a), Papp & Černý (2018a), Spencer (1973b), von Tschirnhaus (1999a) .

Last modified 8.iii.2018