Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Strobilomyia anthracina

Strobilomyia anthracina (Czerny, 1906)

on Picea

Strobilomyia anthracina: cephalic skeleton

cephalic skeleton (from Dušek)


(Generally one) egg is deposited in the lower part of a young cone. The larva bores a spiralling gallery around the axis of the cone, destroying cone scales and developing seeds. Infected cones are curved and strongly resinous. Out of an opening in the concave side oozes a mixture of frass and resin. Around August the larvae leave the cone and pupate in the litter below he tree.


Pinaceae, monophagous

Picea abies.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).

egg, puparium

described and illustrated by Dušek.


Hylemyia, Phorbia, anthracina.


Brockerhoff & Kenis (1997a), Dušek (1969a), Michelsen (1988b), Seifert, Wermelinger & Schneider (2003a), Skrzypczyńska (1982a).

Last modified 20.iii.2021