maura (Meigen, 1838)
maura Meigen, 1838. Syst. Beschr. 7: 399
Agromyza maura Meigen, 1838; Hendel, 1931. Fliegen
palaearkt. Reg. 6(2): 188
Agromyza maura Meigen, 1838; Spencer, 1964a. Beitr.
Ent. 14: 795
Ophiomyia maura (Meigen, 1838); Spencer, 1972b. Handbk
ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 22, 28 (figs 66-8), 29, 114
Ophiomyia maura (Meigen, 1838); Spencer, 1976. Fauna
ent. Scand. 5(1): 69-71, figs 83-6
Ophiomyia maura (Meigen, 1838); Spencer, 1990. Host
specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 274,
275, 276 (figs 1037-9), 285, 329.
long, winding leaf-mine on the upper surface of the leaf, with frass
widely-spaced in conspicuous black lumps. Pupation internal, at
the end of mine (Spencer, 1972b:
28 (fig. 68), 29).
on Sonchus and Taraxacum are illustrated in British
leafminers and on Solidago in Bladmineerders van Europa.
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.
The larva is described Sasakawa (1961).
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).
Black or whitish-grey; posterior spiracles asymmetrical, each have
two distinct arms, with 4 bulbs on one arm and 7 bulbs on the other
(Spencer, 1972b: 29).
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
of year - mines: June, August-September.
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including Kent (Darenth
and Ham Street), Derby (Miller's Dale) (Spencer, 1972b: 29), Warwickshire (Robbins,
1991: 112); East Kent and East Sussex
elsewhere: Widespread in much of Europe including Denmark, Finland,
Sweden (Spencer, 1976: 69),
The Netherlands, Luxembourg (Bladmineerders van Europa), Belgium (de
Bruyn and von Tschirnhaus, 1991), Canary Is., Czech Republic,
Germany, Italian mainland, Lithuania, Poland, Sicily, Spanish mainland
and Yugoslavia (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).
recorded in Japan, Canada and the U.S.A. (Spencer,
NBN Atlas links to known host species:
British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: