Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ophiomyia ranunculicaulis

Ophiomyia ranunculicaulis Hering, 1949

on Ranunculus


The larva makes a gallery in the bark of the stem, spirally descending till close to the ground. Pupation in the mine, below the epidermis. Frass in widely spaced grains.

host plants

Ranunculaceae, monophagous

Ranunculus acris, breyninus, lanuginosus, polyanthemos.



distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Ophiomyia ranunculicaulis: larva, puparium

Picture taken from de Meijere (1946a): a rear spiraculum; b, cephalic skeleton; c, puparium; d, rear spiraculum of the puparium. The form of the rear spiraculum is very unusual.


Dark brown.


Buhr (1964a), Černý (2001a, 2012a), Černý & Vála (1996a, 1999a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Hering (1949b), de Meijere (1946a), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1994a, 1998a, 2004a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1964a, 1972a, 1976a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Warrington (2019c).

Last modified 16.i.2023