Delia platura (Meigen, 1826)
cephalic skeleton of 3rd instar larva (from Dušek)
The larva primarily lives as a borer in the stem and petioles, but is able to make corridor-like excursions into the blade. Perhaps the mine can be distinguished from those of Botanophila fugax in that Delia mines contain several larvae, Botanophila mines just one. Neither mines nor larvae can be distinguished from those of D. florilega.
Larvae in May-June and September (Hering, 1957a).
BE recorded (Gosseries & Ackland, 1991a).
NE recorded (de Meijere, 1939a).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).
distribution within Europe
Entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2007).
Chortophila, Phorbia platura; Delia cilicrura (Rondani, 1866); D. fusciceps (Zetterstesdt, 1845).
egg, larva, puparium
are described in much detail by Dušek (1969a).
Beuk, Prijs & de Jong (2002a), Corbet (2004a), Dušek (1969a), Gosseries & Ackland (1991a), Hering (1957a), Kabos (1975a), de Meijere (1939a), Robbins (1991a), Teschner (1999a).