Myopites tenellus (Frauenfeld, 1857)

on Limbarda

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.

hostplants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Inula britannica.

references

Buhr (1964b), Houard (1909a), Tomasi (2014a).

mod 21.vii.2018