rufipes Meigen, 1830. Syst. Beschr. 6: 169
Agromyza buhriella Hering, 1954. Tijdschr. Ent.
Agromyza buhriella Hering, 1954; Hering, 1957. Bestimmunstabellen
der Blattminen von Europa 3: 7.
Agromyza rufipes Meigen, 1830; Spencer, 1963a. Stuttgarter
Beiträge zur Naturkunde 115: 1
Agromyza rufipes Meigen, 1830; Nowakowski, 1964. Beitr.
Ent. 14: 197
Agromyza rufipes Meigen, 1830. Spencer, 1976. Fauna
ent. Scand. 5(1): 137-139, figs 253-4.
Agromyza rufipes Meigen, 1830; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization
in the world Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 57, 299, 300 (figs 1148A-B),
Blotch mine (Spencer, 1990:
mine is a large whitish underside blotch with clear feeding lines
and pupation is external (Robbins,
mine starts as a star-shaped interparenchymatous blotch near the
midrib. This is followed by a broad, corridor-like arc around the
central part of the leaf tip. The circumcised section of the leaf
dies off and remains as a black patch in the centre of the mine.
Primary and secondary feeding lines well visible in fresh leaves.
Frass in coarse grains. Often several mines coalesce into one. Pupation
outside the mine; semicircular exit slit in the upper epidermis
(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.
The larva is described by Nowakowski (1964). Also Beri (1971c) gives a description of the larva - twice in fact: as A. buhriella from an Aster species, and as rufipes from an unknown grass; neither description will relate to rufipes (Bladmineerders van Europa).
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).
Reddish-brown; spiracular processes each with 3 small bulbs (Spencer,
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
of year - mines:
July and September (Bladmineerders van Europa).
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: First recorded from Coventry
by Robbins (1989: 117) and
added to British checklist by Henshaw in Chandler,
1998: 136; Surrey (VC17) (NBN
elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Denmark,
Poland (Spencer, 1976: 141),
Belgium (de Bruyn and
von Tschirnhaus, 1991), Germany (Spencer,
1976: 550), Czech Republic, French mainland, Hungary, Lithuania,
Sardinia, Spanish mainland and The Netherlands (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).
NBN Atlas links to known host species:
British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:
pentheus (Walker, 1839)
pubicornis (Zetterstedt, 1838)
|Chrysonotomyia germanicus (Erdös, 1956)
chabrias (Walker, 1838)
rufipes Walker, 1833
deione (Nixon, 1944)
hera (Nixon, 1937)
|Apodesmia rufipes (Wesmael, 1835)
singularis Wesmael, 1835
rotundiventris (Thomson, 1895)