Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Myopites tenellus

Myopites tenellus (Frauenfeld, 1857)

on Inula


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.


Asteraceae, monophagous

Inula britannica.


Buhr (1964b), Houard (1909a), Smit (2003a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 1.ix.2020