Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Depressaria daucella

Depressaria daucella (Denis Schiffermüller, 1775)

dingy flat-body

Depressaria daucella on Oenanthe crocata

Oenanthe crocata, England, Devon, Bideford, © Rob Edmunds: inflorescence, spun together by the larvae


Not described. Older larve live, generally communally, in a spun leave or, more frequently, inflorescence. Full grown larvae bore through the wall of the stem and pupate in a cocoon in the hollow interior.

host plants

Apiaceae, oligophagous

Berula, Carum carvi, verticillatum; Cicuta virosa; Oenanthe aquatica, crocata, fistulosa, pimpinelloides; Sison amomum; Sium latifolium.


Larvae from early June till end of July (Harper ao, 2002a);hibernation as imago.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Almost all Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body bluish grey with a bright yellow line over the spiracula. Head, prothoracic and anal plate, and thoracic feet black. Pinacula black, ringed with white (Harper ao, 2002a). Gómez de Aizpúrua (2003a) gives a picture of larva and pupa. See also Fetz.


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Depressaria nervosa auct. (including Hering, 1957a), nec Haworth, 1811.


Blaik, Dobrzański, Hołowiński & Zajda (2019a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2011a), Corley, Nunes, Rosete, ao (2020a), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Fetz (1994a), Gómez de Aizpúrua (2003a), Harper, Langmaid & Emmet (2002a). Heckford (1982a), Hering (1957a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Klimesch (1959a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Lvovsky, Sinev, Kravchenko & Müller (2016a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Requena & Pérez De-Gregorio (2014a), De Prins (2007a), Robbins (1991a), Szőcs (1977a).

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