Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Delia radicum

Delia radicum (Linnaeus, 1758)

cabbage maggot, turnip fly

on Brassicaceae

Delia radicum: cephalic skeleton

cephalic skeleton (from Dušek)

Delia radicum: puparium



Several larvae bore in the root collar, causing the tissue to rot. One or more generations, depending on the climate, hibernation as puparium in the ground.

host plants

Brassicaceae, oligophagous

Brassica; Raphanus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).

egg, larva, puparium

all stages are described and illustrated by Dušek and Savage ao.


Phorbia brassicae (Bouchée, 1833).


Important pest insect.


Dušek (1969a), Savage, Fortier, Fournier & Bellavance (2016a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a).

Last modified 30.xii.2018