Myopites inulaedysentericae Blot, 1827

on Inula

gall

the receptacle is sclerified and very strongly swollen upwards. Inside several vertical gall chambers, each with a maggot or a puparium. Each larva has arrived from an egg that was deposited on a flower, after which he has descended into the receptacle by way of a young achene; that achene is included in the galling process, and eventually functions as an exit channel for the fly. The galled achenes stand as cones upon the receptacle.

host plants

Asteraceae, ? monophagous

Inula hirta, salicina.

See the discussion below.

synonyms

Myopites blotii Brébisson, 1827; M. inulae von Roser, 1840.

notes

The systematics of the genus Myopites is not well worked out, and the literature about the host plant relations of the different species is contradictory; also Pulicaria and even Limbarda are mentioned.

references

Baugnée (2006a), Bellido, Ros-Farré & Pujade-Villar (2003a), Blanes-Dalmau, Caballero-López & Pujade-Villar (2017a), Buhr (1964a, 1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Freidberg (1979a), Houard (1909a), Niblett (1940a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Rohfritsch & Arnold-Rinehart (1991a), Salas-Remón, Llimona, Lozano ao (2015a), Smit (2010a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), Tomasi (2014a), White (1988a).

mod 3.ii.2019