Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lipara similis

Lipara similis Schiner, 1854

on Phragmites

Lipara similis: gall on Phragmites australis

Phragmites australis, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol, Leeuwerikheide. 3.x.2019 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Lipara similis: opened gall on Phragmites australis

opened gall with larva; at right the dead growing tip

Lipara similis: opened gall on Phragmites australis

hre thee larva is positioned higher in de dead top leaves

Lipara similis: larva

Weert, Wijffelterbroek, 19.ix.2019 © Carina Van Steenwinkel: larva


In fact not a gall: infested shoots can only be distinguished from normal ones by a sprig of dead leaves at the top. The larva lives, above the dead growing point, in a tube formed by the leaf sheaths of the upper two internodes. Pupation internal, univoltine. Both larva and pupa are distinguished from the other Lipara‘s because their front and rear ends are black.


Poaceae, monophagous

Phragmites australis.


egg, larval stages and puparium are meticulously described by Grochowska (2006a).


Cryptonevra consimilis.


Baetens & De Bruyn (1999a), Bellmann (2012a), Buhr (1965a), Chvála, Diskočil, Mook & Pokorný (1974a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Grochowska (2006a), Houard (1908a), Ismay (00000a), Nartshuk (2010a, 2011a), Roskam (2009a), Schwarzländer & Häfliger (2000a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a).

Last modified 8.viii.2021