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


Rhamphus subaeneus (Illiger, 1807)
[Coleoptera : Curculionidae]

Rhamphus subaeneus (Illiger, 1807).

Leaf-miner: According to Hering (1957a) the mines are similar to those of Rhamphus oxyacanthae, but they occur in early summer. Moreover, the pupation in the mine would take place in a cocoon (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Larva: The larvae of beetles have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles and lack abdominal legs (see examples).

Pupa: The pupae of beetles have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere:

Crataegus laevigata Midland Hawthorn British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: May-June (Hering, 1957).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Occurs in Britain (Mike Morris, pers. comm.).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including ? Corsica, French mainland, Germany, Italian mainland, Poland, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Crataegus laevigata

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
NHM UK Checklist

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