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


Cerodontha inconspicua (Malloch, 1913)
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Agromyza inconspicua Malloch, 1913a. Ann. ent. Soc. Am. 6(3): 310
Cerodontha (Poemyza) inconspicua (Malloch, 1913a); Spencer, 1969a. Memoirs of the entomological Society of Canada 64: 129-131
Cerodontha (Poemyza) inconspicua (Malloch, 1913a); Nowakowski, 1972. Polskie Pismo ent. 42(4): 743
Cerodontha (Poemyza) inconspicua (Malloch, 1913a); Spencer, 1976. Fauna ent. Scand. 5(1): 189-190, fig. 331.
Cerodontha (Poemyza) inconspicua (Malloch, 1913a); Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the world Agromyzidae (Diptera) :356, 367, 368 (fig. 1380), 369.

Leaf-miner: Details unknown.

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.

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).

Comments: Cerodontha inconspicua auct. nec Malloch, is treated as a junior synonym of Cerodonthae spencerae Zlobin, 1993 (Fauna Europaea).

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere:

? Elytrigia       Spencer, 1990: 356

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Added to the British checklist by Henshaw in Chandler, 1998: 137.

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Finland, Poland and Russia (Leningrad area) (Spencer, 1990: 367).

Also U.S.A. and Canada (Spencer, 1990: 367).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

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