Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza minuscula

Phytomyza minuscula Goureau, 1851


Aquilegia vulgaris, Amstelveen, JP Thijssepark

Phytomyza minuscula mine

Thalictrum flavum, Ooijpolder: in this much thicker leaf the mine takes a quite different appearance


A pale green, upper-surface, fairly broad, waving corridor; relatively short, up to 7 cm. Frass at first in grains, later in short thread fragments or pearl strings, at either side of the corridor. Often several mines in a leaf. Pupation outside the mine, exit slit in lower epidermis.

host plants

Ranunculaceae, oligophagous

Aquilegia alpina, aurea, chrysantha, vulgaris; Thalictrum aquilegiifolium, delavayi, flavum, minus, sparsiflorum, tuberiferum.


Larvae in July-September (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1991a).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and Finland to the Iberian Peninsula, and from Ireland to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


Described by de Meijere (1926a), Allen (1958a), and Sasakawa (1961a).


Phytomyza ancholiae Goureau, 1851; Ph. aquileagiae Robinea-Desvoidy, 1851 nec Hardy, 1849.


Frequent in gardens.


Ahr (1966a), Allen (1958a), Beiger (1979A, 1989a), Beuk (2002a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1932a, 1941b, 1964a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Chałańska, Łabanowski & Soika (2006a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), Edmunds (2015a), Eiseman & Lonsdale (2018a), van Frankenhuyzen, Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Griffiths (1962a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kabos (1971a), Kuroda (1961a), Maček (1999a), Manning (1956a), de Meijere (1924a, 1926a, 1939a), Nowakowski (1954a), Pakalniškis (2004a), Robbins (1991a), Sasakawa (1961a), Seidel (1957a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1953a, 1972a, 1976a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Surányi (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1970a).

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