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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Lasiomma latipenne (Zetterstedt, 1837)
[Diptera: Anthomyiidae]

Anthomyza latipennis Zetterstedt, 1837. Isis, Lepzig. 1837: 44. [Nomen nudum]
Anthomyza latipennis Zetterstedt, 1838. Insecta Lapp. : 676
Chirosia latipennis (Zetterstedt, 1838); Chandler, 1998. Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 12: 166
Lasiomma latipenne (Zetterstedt, 1838); Griffiths, 2003. JOURNAL: PAGE.

Lifestyle: Unknown. The species isn't phytophagous according Chandler (pers. comm.).

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: Lasiomma latipenne isn't phytophagous according Chandler (pers. comm.), the record relates to Chirosia grisefrons (Ackland 2002).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Uncommon, but widely distributed in Britain including Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Norfolk, Inverness and Perth (Mike Ackland, pers. comm.); Dorset, Elgin, Merionethshire, North Wiltshire and West Norfolk (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Russia - North, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Also East Palaearctic and Nearctic Regions (Michelsen 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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