Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aporophyla lutulenta

Aporophyla lutulenta (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

deep-brown dart

on herbs


Larvae freely on the leaves.

host plants


Achillea; Anthericum; Capsella; Crataegus; Cytisus; Dactylis glomerata; Galium verum; Genista; Holosteum; Lithospermum; Myosotis; Oxalis; Plantago; Poa; Potentilla; Prunus; Rumex; Senecio; Stellaria.

distribution within Europe

PESI (2021).

egg, larva, pupa

see Lepiforum.


The status of Aporophyla lueneburgensis and A. lutulenta is moot. Some authors state there is but one species, lutulenta. The prevailing opinion sees a geographically vicariant species pair, lueneburgensis in NW Europe, lutulenta in SE Europa. The host plant spectre of the two is not clear.


Barbut (2007a), Dapporto (1998a), Ebert (ed., 1997b), Freytag (1996a), Lepiforum (2021), Orhant (2012a), Peslier (2000a) .

Last modified 16.ii.2023