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


Pegomya depressiventris (Zetterstedt, 1845)
[Diptera: Anthomyiidae]

Anthomyza depressiventris Zetterstedt, 1845. Dipt. Scand. 4: 1688.
Pegomya depressiventris Zetterstedt, 1845.

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).

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

Solidago       Ackland, 1989

Hosts elsewhere:

Anaphalis cordifolia     Griffiths, 1982
Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Griffiths, 1982
Arnica alpina     Griffiths, 1982
Aster conspicuous     Griffiths, 1982
Erigeron peregrinus     Griffiths, 1982
Petasites frigidus     Griffiths, 1982
Petasites palmatus Palmate-leaved Butterbur   Griffiths, 1982
Solidago       Bladmineerders van Europa
Solidago leipida     Griffiths, 1982
Solidago multiradiata     Griffiths, 1982

Time of year - mines: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Aberdeen (Craigendorrach) (Ackland, 1989); South Aberdeenshire and South-west Yorkshire (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Continental Europe including ? Germany and Sweden (Michelsen in Fauna Europaea).

Also recorded in North America (Griffiths, 1982).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Anaphalis margaritacea

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

External links: Search the internet:
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas
NHM UK Checklist
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