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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Hydrellia meigeni Zatwarnicki, 1988
[Diptera: Ephydridae]


Hydrellia meigeni Zatwarnicki, 1988. JOURNAL: PAGE
Notiphila albiceps Meigen, 1830. Syst. Beschr. 6: 68.


Leaf-mine: 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: Irwin and Chandler in Chandler (1978) did not indicate whether their host records were British or Foreign and are therefore tentatively included under 'Hosts in Britain' and 'Hosts elsewhere'.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Alismataceae        

? Alisma

plantago-aquatica ? Water-plantain British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Irwin and Chandler in Chandler, 1978: 225, as Hydrellia albiceps
Brassicaceae        
? Nasturtium officinale ? Water-cress British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Irwin and Chandler in Chandler, 1978: 225, as Hydrellia albiceps

Hosts elsewhere:

Alismataceae        

? Alisma

plantago-aquatica ? Water-plantain British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Irwin and Chandler in Chandler, 1978: 225, as Hydrellia albiceps
Alisma       Hering, 1957
Brassicaceae        
? Nasturtium officinale ? Water-cress British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Irwin and Chandler in Chandler, 1978: 225, as Hydrellia albiceps

Time of year - mines: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Widespread in Britain including East SNorfolk, Elgin, Monmouthshire and South Hampshire (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Corsica, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia - Northwest and Sweden (Zatwarnicki, 2004 in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Alisma plantago-aquatica, Nasturtium officinale

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



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Biodiversity Heritage Library
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British leafminers
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