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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Phytomyza enigmoides Hering, 1937
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Phytomyza enigmoides Hering, 1937b. Mitt. dt. ent. Ges. 8(6-7): 77
Phytomyza enigma Hering, 1937a. Dt. ent. Z. 1936: 78. [Preoccupied.]
Phytomyza enigmoides Hering, 1937b; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 91 (figs 309-10), 94

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: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown. Not included in Spencer (1990).

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: May.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Uncommon. Surrey (Effingham) (Spencer, 1972b: 94).

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Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Lithuania and Poland (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

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Host species unknown

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

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