Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Delina nigrita

Delina nigrita (Fallén, 1819)


The larva first tunnels in the rootstock and the stem. From there long, untidy galleries are made into the leaves. Pupation in the underground parts of the plant.

host plants

Orchidaceae, oligophagous

Dactylorhiza; Goodyera repens; Gymnadenia; Himantoglossum; Neottia; Orchis anthropophora; Platanthera bifolia.


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


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1940a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to Switzerland, and from Ireland to Slovakia; also Spain (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

Delina nigrita larva, front spiraculum (from de Meijere, 1940b)

Beschreven door de Meijere (1940b). Achterspiracula op een gemeenschappelijke grote zwarte vlek, elk met ca. 20 papillen; mandibel met 2 tanden.


Described by de Meijere (1940b). Rear spiracula on a common black spot, each with about 20 papillae; mandible with 2 teeth.


Clidogastra nigrita; Delina dejeani Robineau-Desvoidy, 1930.


Ball (2007a, 2014a), Beiger (1970a), Hering (1957a), de Jong (2002a), de Meijere (1940b), Robbins (1991a).

Last modified 9.ii.2021