Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ophiomyia delphinii

Ophiomyia delphinii Hendel, 1928


Upper-surface, but relatively deep, corridor. The corridor generally begins in the tip of a leaf segment (but never at the very margin), descends towards the centre of the leaf, then either switches to another leaf segment, or returns towards the tip of the first segment, all the while broadening considerably. In deeper stretches of the mine primary feeding lines are well visible. In the latest, broad, part of the corridor the frass is deposited as coarse, widely scattered lumps. Pupation within the leaf, just below the epidermis.

host plants

Ranunculaceae, monophagous

Staphisagria macrosperma.


Larvae in May (Hering, 1967a).

distribution within Europe

Dalmatia, Turkey (Černý & Merz 2007a; Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Mandibles two-teethed, alternating. Anterior spiracula fist-shaped, with 7-8 papillae; posterior spiraculum with 8 papillae arranged in a horse shoe (Hering, 1967a).


Reddish brown.


Černý & Merz (2007a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Hering (1957a, 1967a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Spencer (1964a).

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