Euleia heraclei

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Group of Euleia heraclei mating
Euleia heraclei
Euleia heraclei 2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Acalyptratae
Superfamily: Tephritoidea
Family: Tephritidae
Genus: Euleia
Species: E. heraclei
Binomial name
Euleia heraclei
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Euleia heraclei, known as the Celery fly or the Hogweed picture-wing fly is a species of tephritid or fruit flies in the genus Euleia of the family Tephritidae.[1][2]

It is found on Hogweed (hence its specific name)[3] and is a pest of celery and parsnips, where it damages the vegetables by leaf mining.[4] The species is dimorphic in that its body can be either black or else orange-brown.[5]

The males display on the upper surfaces of leaves on sunny days during May. Mating takes place when a female arrives (pictured). In Britain, the species is distributed widely across southern and central England; in Wales records are mainly near the coast.[6]


  1. ^ Euleia
  2. ^ GBIF species Archived March 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Euleia heraclei". Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Celery Fly". Nature Spot. 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Carroll, L.E., I.M. White, A. Freidberg, A.L. Norrbom, M.J. Dallwitz, and F.C. Thompson (2002 onwards (2006)). "Pest Fruit Flies of the World". Retrieved 18 May 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)(Detailed description of fly, no ecology)
  6. ^ "Grid map of records on the Gateway for Euleia heraclei". National Biodiversity Network. 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.