Columbine Leaf Miner - Phytomyza aquilegiae


Phytomyza aquilegiae is a fly whose larvae mine the leaves of Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) and some related species. A large blotch is formed, sometimes by several larvae, on the upper surface of the leaf. Frass is found scattered throughout the mine. The mine has a striking, large, somewhat inflated, upper-surface, often a purple-brown blotch without a preceding corridor. Leaves can sometimes be largely destroyed.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


On Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris).

When to see it

Mine can be seen in summer and autumn.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in the south of Britain particularly in gardens.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map