Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphidoletes aphidimyza

Aphidoletes aphidimyza (Rondani, 1847)

aphid predator

Aphidoletes aphidimyza ib colony of Metopeurum fuscoviride

Tanacetum vulgare with a colony of Metopeurum fuscoviride, Belgium, prov. Liège Theux, La Reid 9.vii.2019 © Sébastien Carbonelle

Aphidoletes aphidimyza larva

Diplotaxis tenuifolia met Brevicoryne brassicae, Frankrijk, dép. Nord, Zuydcote, 28.viii.2017 © Sébastien Carbonnelle


The orange-red larvae paralyse aphids by an injection in the leg, then ingest their body fluids. A larva consumes 10-30 aphids in its life time, but in dense aphid colonies many more aphids are killed then consumed. Multivoltine, pupation in the soil.


Aphidoletes aphidimyza: spatula

spatula with papillae (from Möhn, 1955a)

Aphidoletes aphidimyza: larva

anal segment (from Nijveldt, 1963a)


Isobremia sonchi (Kieffer, 1913); Phaenobremia aphidisuga (Rübsaamen, 1891); Ph. aphidivora (Rübsaamen, 1891).


Widely applied in the biological pest control in greenhouses. See van Lenteren & Schettino about the bizarre reproductive behaviour of the species.


Bruun (2015a), Farrar, Perring & Toscano (1986a), van Lenteren & Schettino (2003a), Möhn (1955a), Nartshuk (2011a), Nijveldt (1963a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Sánchez, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2012a), van Schelt (2007a), Simova-Tošić & Skuhravá (2001a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a, 2004a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skuhravá, Bayram, Çam ao (2005a), Skuhravá, Karimpour, Sadeghi ao (2014a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a, 1997a,b, 2002a, 2008a,b, 2009a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Buhr (2013a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Carbonnelle (2017a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Ebejer (2002a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Elsayed (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Massa (2007a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a).

Last modified 25.xi.2020