Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Delia platura

Delia platura (Meigen, 1826)

seedcorn maggot


Delia platura: cephalic skeleton of 3rd instar larva

cephalic skeleton of 3rd instar larva (from Dušek)

Delia platura: puparium



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.

host plants

Dicotyledons, polyphagous

Asparagus; Brassica; Cucumis sativa; Spinacia oleracea.


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, Phorbia, cilicrura (Rondani, 1866); D. fusciceps (Zetterstesdt, 1845).


egg, larva, puparium

are described in much detail by Dušek (1969a), Miles, and Savage ao. The cephalic skeleton of Phorbia cilicrura that is depicted by Sol is rather different.


Anagnou–Veroniki, Papaioannou–Souliotis, Karanstasi & Giannopolitis (2008a), Beuk, Prijs & de Jong (2002a), Corbet (2004a), Dušek (1969a), Gosseries & Ackland (1991a), Hering (1957a), Kabos (1975a), de Meijere (1939a), Miles (1952a), Robbins (1991a), Savage, Fortier, Fournier & Bellavance (2016a), Sol (1974a), Teschner (1999a).

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