Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Melanagromyza aenea

Melanagromyza aenea (Meigen, 1830)

on Urtica


The larva lives as an internal borer in the stem; there also the pupation.

host plants

Urticaceae, monophagous

Urtica dioica.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).

Puparium gelig wit tot bleek strokleurig. Achterspiracula sterk gechitiniseerd, diepzwart, door hun eigen diameter gescheiden, voorzien van een centrale gechitiniseerde stekel op een brede basis, omgeven door 14-18 goed gedifferentieerde papillen.


Puparium yellowish white to pale straw coloured. Rear spiracula chitinised, solid black, separated by their own diameter, bearing a central chitinised spine on a broad base, surrounded by 14-18 well-differentiated papillae.
Melanagromyza aeneoventris: posterior spiracula

rear spiracula (from Spencer, 1957d)


Melanagromyza fuscociliata Hendel, 1931.


Bland (2001a), Černý (2001a, 2011a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Hering (1955b), Papp & Černý (2015a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1996a), Spencer (1972a, 1976a, 1990a), Süss (1982a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

Last modified 14.xii.2018