Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pegomya cunicularia

Pegomya cunicularia (Rondani, 1866)

on Beta, etc.

Pegomya cunicularia: mine on Beta vulgaris

Beta vulgaris, UK, Norfolk, Downham Market, 31.v.2020 © Rob Edmunds

Pegomya cunicularia: mine on Beta vulgaris

mine, lighted from behind

Pegomya cunicularia: puparium

puparium in the mine

Pegomya cunicularia: puparium



The larva makes several full depth blotch mines.

host plants

Amaranthaceae, oligophagous

Atriplex glauca; Beta vulgaris; Chenopodium album, ficifolium; Patellifolia procumbens; Spinacia oleracea.


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

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Canary Islands, and from the UK to Russia, but the known distributional area is strongly fragmented (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


Steyskal (1970a, as P. mixta) gives a detailed description. The most remarkable detail is the strongly enlarged basal tooth of the mandible.


Pegomya tristriata Stein, 1908; P. mixta Villeneuve, 1922.


Serious pest on spinach and beet crops (Michelsen & Baez, 1985a).


Edmunds (2022c). Hering (1927a), Michelsen (1980a), Michelsen & Baez (1985a), Steyskal (1970a), Suwa (1970a, 1974a).

Last modified 28.i.2022