Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ochrosis ventralis

Ochrosis ventralis (Illiger, 1807)


Narrow full depth corridor, with at least locally the frass in a very thin central line. The mine as a whole is rather long, but the larva may move to another leaf (either exteriorly or through the petiole) and make short corridors in individual leaves. The larvae is also capable of mining in the rind of a stem or to bore in the pith; in the latter case the plant may partly die off.

host plants

Primulaceae, monophagous

Anagallis arvensis.

Although not explicitly stated, references to Carpinus betulus; Pistacia lentiscus; Solanum dulcamara probably concern adult feeding.


Larvae in June (Hering, 1957a).


BE observed (Fauna Europaea, 1007).

NE observed (Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a; Fauna Europaea, 2007; Warchalowski, 2003a).

LUX observed (Fauna Europaea, 1007).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, including the UK, excluding Ireland, Denmark and Fennoscandia (Cox, 2007a).


undescribed (Cox, 2007a).


Bahillo de la Puebla & Román (2009a), Baviera & Biondi (2015a), Biondi (1995a), Bukejs (2009a), Cox (2007a), Furth (1997a), Gök & Çilbiroğlu (2004a), Gómez-Zurita, Sacarés & Petitpierre (1996a), Hering (1957a), Hubble (2014a), Jolivet (1953a), Konstantinov & Vandenberg (1996a), Petitpierre, Jurado-Rivera & Sacarés (2007a), Petitpierre, Sacarés & Jurado-Rivera (2017a), Rozner & Rozner (2014a), Vorst (2010a), Warchalowski (2003a).

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