More than 900 British leaf, stem, twig, bark and samara mines are included in this account and where possible keys are provided for their identification
by host plant genus.
Keys are provided for the identification of 484 of the 881 host plant genera discussed, although for 119 of these host plant genera the keys to Diptera and non-Dipera are separate. No keys for the identification of the mines are included for the 397 remaining host plant genera, as although they may include miners elsewhere because they either do not occur in Britain, they are treated elsewhere under a different name or no miners are recorded on them in Britain. An additional key is provided to the species of Liriomyza recorded in glasshouses and/or quarantine interceptions.
Checklists are provided for all insect species discussed. Checklists
by scientific and common name (where they exist) are given for
all host plants.
synonymy and known host plants, biology and distribution,
where known, are given for all species included, along with a
list of known parasitoids (where known).
now exist for a total of 587 species, although not all are miners. These images are mainly sourced from Bladmineerders
van Europa and British
Leafminers, but include some originals taken by Brian Pitkin and many others (see Acknowledgements).
Links, where they
exist, are included to species accounts in Bladmineerders
van Europa (formerly Nederlandse bladmineerders), British
Leafminers and UKMoths. Links for all species are given to the Biodiversity
Heritage Library, Encyclopedia
of Life, Fauna
Europaea (including distribution lists by country), National Biodiversity Network (including distribution maps), Ireland's National Biodiversity Data Centre interactive maps, the Universal
Chalcidoid Database, Google, Google Scholar and Google Images.
images of host plants are provided for 319 of the
881 host plant genera, although not all are known host plant species of
miners in Britain. Links from 290 of the included host plant
species to the Botanical
Society of the British Isles (BSBI) Map Scheme (formerly
Atlas Update Project) are provided, showing their hectad distribution. Links to images of host plant species in British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. are provided for all beetles, flies and sawflies. Similar links are being added for the moths.
you notice any errors or omissions please contact Brian
Pitkin. There is hyperlink to his e-mail address at the
foot of every page. Just click on his name to launch your own
e-mail application. Please quote the name of the insect, parasitoid
or host plant in the subject of your e-mail.