Celery fly - Euleia heraclei

Alternative names
Celery-leaf fly

This is a small picture wing fruit fly which has very heavily marked with brown patterning. It has green eyes.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

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Gardens and allotments where Celery and Parsnips are grown, although it will also use plants such as Hogweed for its larvae.

When to see it

April to November.

Life History

Larvae cause damage by mining the leaves of Celery, Parsnips and other plants such as Hogweed.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map