Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phytomyza ranunculivora

Phytomyza ranunculivora Hering, 1932


Ranunculus repens, Germany (Baden-Württemberg), Baden-Weiler


same mine, frass pattern


Long, upper-surface corridor with the frass in relatively large, widely dispersed fragments. Pupation outside the mine; exit slit in lower epidermis.

host plants

Ranunculaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Ficaria verna; Ranunculus aconitifolius, acris, breyninus, flammula, lanuginosus, lingua, montanus, polyanthemos, repens.


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


BE recorded (Mortelmans ao, 2013a).

NE recorded (Ellis: a number of localities all over the country).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach, Clervaux, Flaxweiler).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and Finland to the Pyrenees, Italy and Slovakia, and from the UK to Belarus (Fauna Europaea, 2008).


Phytomyza ranunculivora: post spiraculum

posterior spiraculum (from Nowakowski, 1962b)



When a small leaf, like that of R. ficaria has been completely mined out, the larva may migrate to another leaf by way of the petiole. Leaving a mine, then entering a new leaf from the outside, is impossible for Agromyzidae (Hering, 1949a).


Beiger (1958a, 1960a, 1965a, 1970a), Bland (1994c), Buhr (1964a), Černý (2001a), Černý, Andrade, Gonçalves & von Tschirnhaus (2018a), Černý, Barták & Roháček (2004a), Černý & Merz (2007a), Chałańska, Łabanowski & Soika (2006a), Dreger & Myssura (2005a), Hering (1931f, 1949a, 1957a, 1961a), Huber (1969a), Kahanpää (2014a) Finland, Kuroda (1954a), Maček (1999a), de Meijere (1938a), Michalska (1970a, 1972a, 1976a), Mortelmans, Dekeukeleire & Baugnée (2013a), Nowakowski (1958a, 1962b), Ostrauskas, Pakalniškis & Taluntytė (2003a), Pakalniškis (1982b, 1998a, 2004a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), Robbins (1991a), Spencer (1954a, 1972a, 1976a), Süss & Moreschi (2003a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Ureche (2010a), Zoerner (1969a, 1970a).

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