Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pseudodineura fuscula

Pseudodineura fuscula (Klug, 1816)

Pseudodineura fuscula: mine on Ranunculus cassubicus

Ranunculus cassubicus, Russia, Ramensky district, Zhukovo village, 21.v.2019 © Andrey Ponomarev

Pseudodineura fuscula: mine on Ranunculus cassubicus

mine, lighted from behind

Pseudodineura fuscula: larva in mine

larva in the mine

Pseudodineura fuscula: larva

larva, dissected out

Pseudodineura fuscula mine

Ranunculus repens, Nieuwendam, 28.v.2005

Pseudodineura fuscula mine


Pseudodineura fuscula: mine on Ranunculus auricomus

Ranunculus auricomus, Belgium, prov. Namur, Rochefort, Ri d’Howisse, 10.v.2015 © Chris Snyers


Large glassy blotch, beginning as a short full depth corridor along the leaf margin. Mine in the tip of a leaf segment. The leaf tissue around the mine often turning dark purple. Much, coarse, frass. Pupation outside the mine.


Ranunculaceae, monophagous

Ranuculus aconitifolius, acris, alpestris, auricomus, bulbosus, cassubicus, lanuginosus, platanifolius, polyanthemos, repens.


Larvae found from end April to in July (Buhr, 1941a). Contrary to the other mining sawflies spin the larvae of Pseudodinera an underground cocoon, in which they hibernate in the pupal stage (Altenhofer & Pschorn-Walcher, 2006a).


BE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

NE recorded (van Ooststroom, 1976a).

LUX recorded (Chevin, Ellis & Schneider, 2011a).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden and Finland to the Pyrenees, Italy and Romania, and from Ireland to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Pelmatopus fusculus.


Hering (1957a) and Altenhofer & Pschorn-Walcher (2006a) call the species very common in Germany and Austria, but in Holland I only know a handful of localities.


Altenhofer (2003a), Altenhofer & Pschorn-Walcher (2006a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a, 1970a, 1979a), Benson (1961a), Blank ao (1998a), Buhr (1933a, 1941a, 1964a), Chevin, Ellis & Schneider (2011a), Csóka (2003a), Haase (1942a), Haris (2009a), Hartig (1939a), Heibo, Lønnve, Barstad ao (2014a), Hering (1921a, 1924a,b, 1925a,b, 1931f, 1957a), Hoop (1983a), Huber (1969a), Kvičala (1938a), Liston (1995a), Liston, Prous & Vårdal (2019c), Liston ao (2012a), Lorenz & Kraus (1957a), Macek (2012c), Michalska (1972a, 1976a), Nowakowski (1954a), Nyman, Zinovjev, Vikberg & Farrell (2006a), van Ooststroom (1976a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Robbins (1991a), Scobiola-Palade (1974a), Seidel (1957a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Taeger, Blank & Liston (2006a), Taeger ao (1998a), Viramo (1969a), Wahlgren (1944a).

Last modified 17.v.2020