Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Myopites cypriacus

Myopites cypriacus Hering, 1938

on Dittrichia, Pulicaria

gall

the receptacle is sclerified and very strongly swollen at the underside – the upperside is almost flat. 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 evently functions as an exit channel for the fly. The galled achenes stand as fragile cones on top of the receptacle.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Dittrichia graveolens; Pulicaria arabica.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

synonyms

Myopites shiakidesi Dirlbeck 1974.

references

Dirlbeck (1974a), Freidberg (1979a).

Last modified 15.x.2020