Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Trypeta artemisiae

Trypeta artemisiae (Fabricius, 1784)

Trypeta artemisiae mines

Artemisia vulgaris, Belgium, Vogenée (Walcourt), Réserve Natagora de la vallée de l’Eau d’Yves © Jean-Pierre Duvivier

Trypeta artemisia mine

Artemisia vulgaris, Hilversum: a very young mine (lighted from behind), in which the oviposition scar still can be recognised (arrow


The mine begins as en elongated blotch overlying a strong vein; from there broad tunnels radiate that coalesce in the end. All frass is concentrated at a central point in the floor of the mine. As a result the mine has a brownish-black centre and a paler brownish green seam. The larva often (perhaps always at daylight) rests in the centre of the mine. Primary and secondary feeding lines as a rule quite clear. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Achillea biserrata, ptarmica; Artemisia absinthium, gnaphalioides, moxa, verlotiorum, vulgaris; Chrysanthemum indicum; Eupatorium cannabinum; Senecio nemorensis; Tanacetum corymbosum, macrophyllum, parthenium, vulgare.


Larvae from June till September (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Leclercq & De Bruyn, 1991a).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1939a; van Aartsen & Smit, 2002).

LUX recorded (Ellis, Hobscheid).

distribution within Europe

All of Europe west of Vienna; also Bulgaria, therefore the range probably covers a much larger area (Fauna Europaea, 2008).




Very common; not infrequently all leaves of a plant are infested, and many leaf segments of each individual leaf. Despite the ubiquicity of the mines adult flies are captured only rarely (Kabos & van Aartsen, 1984a; Wakkie, 1994a). In the past a pest on Chrysanthemum.

Sometimes, especially on Tanacetum, the mines may be unusually large. For a number of years I have assumed that these were mines of T. zoe, but the constant absence of a narrow initial corridor has convinced me that these too are mines of artemisiae.

Trypeta artemisiae? mine

Tanacetum vulgare, Arnhem, mine in transparancy

Trypeta artemisiae? mine

same mine, from above


van Aartsen & Smit (2002a). Ahr (1966a), Baugnée (2006a, 2009a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1965a, 1970a, 1979a), Bland (1994b), Buhr (1933a, 1941b, 1964a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Groppe (1988a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1921a, 1930b, 1937b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos & van Aartsen (1984a), Kassebeer (2015a), Kvičala (1938a), Leclercq & De Bruyn (1991a), Lutovinovas (2014a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1895a, 1939a), Merz (1999a), Merz & Kofler (2008a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a), Morris (2021a), Nowakowski (1954a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1983a), Robbins (1991a), Rösch & Schmitz (2014a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Smit (2010a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Surányi (1942a), Wakkie (1994a), White (1988a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).

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