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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Cerodontha mellita Spencer, 1971
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Cerodontha (Dizygomyza) mellita Spencer, 1971a. Entomologist's Gaz. 22: 155
Cerodontha (Butomyza) mellita Spencer, 1971a; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 96 (fig. 332), 100
Cerodontha (Butomyza) mellita Spencer, 1971a; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the world Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 349, 350 (fig. 1320), 351.

Lifestyle: 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).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere:

Carex       Spencer, 1990: 351

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: June.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Suffolk (Orford) (Spencer, 1972b: 100). (NBN Gateway).

Distribution elsewhere: Northern and central Europe, but uncommon (Spencer, 1990: 349) including Belgium and Poland (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

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

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Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
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