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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Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961. Entomologist's mon. Mag. 47: 94
Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 251, 253
Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961; Gibbs, 2002. Dipterists Digest 9: 153-154.

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:

Cirsium eriophorum Woolly Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Gibbs, 2002: 153

Hosts elsewhere:

Cirsium       Spencer, 1990: 251

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year: adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Gloucester (near Houndsfield Beacon) and Somerset (Polden Hills) (Gibbs, 2002: 153).

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Distribution elsewhere: Germany (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

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Cirsium eriophorum

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

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