Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza aconitophila

Phytomyza aconitophila Hendel, 1927


The mine begins as a corridor in the tip of leaf lobe, often following the leaf margin for some distance. The corridor gradually widens into a blotch in the direction of the base of the leaflet. Pupation outside the mine; exit slit in upper epidermis (Pakalniškis, 2004a).

host plants

Ranunculaceae, oligophagous

Aconitum x cammarum, lycoctonum & subsp. neapolitanum + septentrionale, napellus, variegatum; Consolida ajacis; Delphinium.


Larvae in May-June and July-August (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Pyrenees, Germany, and Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008); also Slovenia (Maček, 1999a) and Lithuania (Pakalniškis, 2000a).


Described by de Meijere (1937a).


Yellow to pale brown, with deep intersegmental constrictions.


Napomyza aconitophila (Hendel); Phytomyza aconiti (Hendel 1924), nec Hendel, 1920.


To my knowledge this species has not yet been found in the Netherlands. Because it seems to be frequent in gardens in nearby countries (Hering, 1955a, 1957a; Spencer, 1976a; Pakalniškis, 2000a) there is reason to look out for it.


Ahr (1966a), Buhr (1932a), Černý, Barták & Vaněk (2009a), Ci̇velek, Çikman & Dursun (2008a), Hering (1955b, 1957a, 1961a), Huber (1969a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1937a), Pakalniškis (2000a, 2004a), Rydén (1956a), Seidel (1957a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1976a), Starke (1942a), Starý (1930a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

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