Chromatomyia scolopendri (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1851)

Diptera, Agromyzidae

Chromatomyia scolopendri: mine on Asplenium ruta-muraria

Asplenium ruta-muraria, Germany (Schwarzwald): Baden-Weiler

Chromatomyia scolopendri: nine on Asplenium scolopendrium

Asplenium scolopendrium, Belgium, nr. Dinant © Paul Fontaines

Chromatomyia scolopendri: nine on Asplenium scolopendrium


Chromatomyia scolopendri mine on Polypodium vulgare

Polypodium vulgare, Belgium, Namur, Hastière © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Polypodium vulgare, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Tournai, RN de la Carrière de l’Orient © Stéphane Claerebout


Corridor, with the frass in an almost uninterrupted line along the side. In small leaves the corridor often follows the margin, but when space is not limited, like in Hart’s-tongue Fern, it curves smoothly, not infrequently running over the midrib for some distance. Pupation mostly within the mine; the front spiracula then penetrate the epidermis.


Aspleniaceae, Polypodiaceae, oligophagous

Asplenium ceterach, ruta-muraria, scolopendrium, septentrionale; Polypodium vulgare.


Larvae are found from June till October.


BE recorded (Collart, 1953a).

NE recorded (Kabos, 1971a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Ahn, Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from Ireland to Poland; also in Thrace (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Described by Dempewolf (2001a).


Phytomyza scolopendri; Ph. elegans Goureau, 1951; Ph. nevadensis Strobl, 1900.


As the pictures show, the mines can differ appreciably. Yet, when flies are reared they do show no differences (Hering, 1924a).


Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1960a, 1965a), Beuk (2002a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Collart (1953a), Dempewolf (2001a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Hering (1924a, 1925a, 1926b, 1936b, 1955b), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Maček (1999a), Nowakowski (1954a), Robbins (1991a, 2008a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1959a, 1966a, 1972a, 1976a, 1990a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Süss (1992a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Ureche (2010a).