Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza abdominalis

Phytomyza abdominalis Zetterstedt, 1848

Phytomyza abdominalis: mine on Hepatica nobilis

Hepatica nobilis, Oostelijk Denemarken, late March © Simon Haarder

Phytomyza abdominalis: mine on Hepatica nobilis

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Phytomyza abdominalis: mine in transparency

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Phytomyza abdominalis: larva



Upper surface primary blotch, generally against the leaf margin, usually containing several larvae. Primary feeding lines conspicuous. Pupation outside te mine; exit slit in upper epidermis.

host plants

Ranunculaceae, monophagous

Hepatica nobilis, transsylvanica.


Larvae in winter and early spring; pupation in end March, April (Hering, 1925b).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and Finland to the Pyrenees and Italy, and from France to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Mandibles with 2 teeth, alternating. Front spiraculum with about 10, rear spiraculum with 13-15 papillae (de Meijere, 1930a, 1938a, 1950a).


White (de Meijere, 1926a).


Phytomyza hepaticae von Frauenfeld, 1872.


Ahr (1966a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1965a), Buhr (1932a), Černý & Bächli (2018a), Černý & Vála (1996a), Černý, Vála & Barták (2001a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), Guglya (2021a), Hering (1924a,b, 1925b, 1928a, 1955b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), de Meijere (1926a, 1938a, 1950a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a), Michna (1975a), Nowakowski (1954a), Pakalniškis (2004a), Skala (1936a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1976a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), Süss (1982a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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