The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds


Norellia spinipes (Meigen, 1826)
[Diptera: Scathophagidae]

Cordylura spinipes Meigen, 1826. Syst. Beschr. 5: 237
Norellia pseudonarcissi Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830. Essai Myod. : 673
Achantholena maculipennis Rondani, 1856. Dipt. ital. Prodromus 1: 103
Cordylura melaleuca Loew, 1873. Beschr. europ. Dipt. 3: 245
Acantholena longipennis Seguy, 1932. Encycl. ent. (B11), Dipt. 6: 152.
Norellia spinipes (Meigen, 1826).

Leaf-miner: Irregular gallery; sometimes damage to the bulbs; pupation (externally?) at the base of the plant. (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Larva: The larvae of flies are leg-less maggots without a head capsule (see examples). They never have thoracic or abdominal legs. They do not have chewing mouthparts, although they do have a characteristic cephalo-pharyngeal skeleton (see examples), usually visible internally through the body wall.

Puparium: The puparia of flies are formed within the hardened last larval skin or puparium and as a result sheaths enclosing head appendages, wings and legs are not visible externally (see examples).

Comments: Stubbs in Chandler (1978) did not indicate whether his host record was British or Foreign and is therefore included under 'Hosts in Britain' and 'Hosts elsewhere'

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:


? Narcissus

      Stubbs in Chandler, 1978: 226

Hosts elsewhere:


? Narcissus

      Stubbs in Chandler, 1978: 226
Narcissus pseudonarcissus     Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - mines: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Britain including Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, East Norfolk, East Suffolk, Huntingdonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, South Hampshire, South-east Yorkshire, Surrey, West Kent, West Suffolk and West Sussex (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe, including Belgium, Czech Republic, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and The Netherlands (de Jong in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

External links: Search the internet:
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas
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