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

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Agromyza felleri Hering, 1941
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Agromyza felleri Hering, 1941. Dt. ent. Z. 1941: 12
Agromyza felleri Hering, 1941; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 37 (fig. 113), 41, 118
Agromyza felleri Hering, 1941; Spencer, 1976. Fauna ent. Scand. 5(1): 106-7, figs 164-5.
Agromyza felleri Hering, 1941; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the world Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 112. 127, 129 (fig. 464)
Agromyza rubiginosa Griffiths, 1955b. Entomologist's Gaz. 6(2): 62
Agromyza rubiginosa Griffiths, 1955b; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 41.


Leaf-mine: A primary blotch-mine, which entirely fills a leaf and usually shows some reddish colouration; frass in distinct grains (Spencer, 1972b: 41).

Oviposition in the tip of a leaflet, Primary blotch without a preceding corridor; distal half mostly a red colouration. The blotch is upper-surface with a few full depth patches, making it look spotty in transparency. Frass in groups of grains. Pupation outside the mine (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Larva: The larvae of flies are leg-less maggots without a head capsule (see examples). They never have thoracic or abdominal legs. They do not have chewing mouthparts, although they do have a characteristic cephalo-pharyngeal skeleton (see examples), usually visible internally through the body wall. Yellow.

Puparium: The puparia of flies are formed within the hardened last larval skin or puparium and as a result sheaths enclosing head appendages, wings and legs are not visible externally (see examples).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Fabaceae        
Vicia sativa Common Vetch British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Mines in BMNH
Vicia sepium Bush Vetch British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Mines in BMNH
Vicia sepium Bush Vetch   Spencer, 1972b: 118

Hosts elsewhere:

Fabaceae        
Vicia       Spencer, 1976: 106
Vicia       Spencer, 1990: 112
Vicia sepium Bush Vetch British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Spencer, 1976: 106
Vicia sepium Bush Vetch British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - mines: June-July.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Surrey (Betchworth and Coulsdon) (Spencer, 1972b: 41) and Sussex (Chailey) (Spencer, 1972b: 41, as rubiginosa). (NBN Gateway).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden (Spencer, 1976: 106), Czech Republic, French mainland, Italian mainland, Lithuania, Poland and Spanish mainland (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Interactive Grid Maps of known host species:

Vicia sativa, Vicia sepium

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
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