Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Longitarsus luridus

Longitarsus luridus (Scopoli, 1763)

on Clematis, Ranunculus, etc.


Several narrow, rather straight and parallel-sided corridors fan out from the petiole. The larva regularly retreats into the petiole, and this traffic causes the frass to become pressed against the corridor sides. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Ranunculaceae, oligophagous

Anemone sylvestris; Clematis vitalba; Ranunculus bulbosus, lanuginosus, muricatus, polyanthemos, repens; Pulsatilla halleri.

The adults are broadly polyphagous!


Larvae in July and September (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

NE Dutch species (Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

The whole of Europe, including the British Isles (Fauna Europaea, 2007; Warchalowski, 2003a).


Species of coastal areas (Hering, 1957a). Ogloblin & Medvedev associate the species with Rhinanthus. In the literature about leaf miners, and also on this website, the species incorrectly was long associated with Plantago.


See Steinhausen (2002a).


Aslan & Gök (2006a), Aslan, Gök, Gürbüz & Ayvaz (2009a)m Baviera & Biondi (2015a), Beenen & Winkelman (1993a), Biondi (1994b, 1996a), Bukejs (2010a), Drăghia (1974a), Furth (1979a), Hering (1957a), Maček (1999a), Ogloblin & Medvedev (1971a), Ouda, Čížek & Boža (2013a), Pozsgai (2005a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Rozner & Rozner (2014a), Sønderup (1949a), Steinhausen (2001a, 2002a), Warchalowski (2003a).

Last modified 27.ix.2023