Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ophiomyia penicillata

Ophiomyia penicillata Hendel, 1920

on Euphorbia


The larvae bore in the pith of young stems that turn red or yellow and often wither; flowers are aborted. Full grown larvae pupate within the stems, after having prepared an exit opening, that leaves only the epidermis undamaged.

host plants

Euphorbiaceae, monophagous

Euphorbia characias, seguieriana.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Černý & Vála (1996a), Gil Ortiz (2009a), Gil-Ortiz, Martinez & Jiménez-Peydró (2010a), Martinez & Sobhian (2000a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Spencer (1957a, 1964a).

Last modified 20.xii.2018