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 pedicularifolii Hering, 1960
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]


Phytomyza pedicularifolii Hering, 1960. Dt. ent. Z. (N.F.) 7: 132 (134)
Phytomyza pedicularifolii Hering, 1960; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 222, 227, 228 (figs 861-2).


Leaf-mine: Upper-surface blotch. Puparium formed within the mine, brown. (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.

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).

Brown (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Scrophulariaceae        
Pedicularis palustris Marsh Lousewort British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bland, 2009
Pedicularis sylvatica Lousewort British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bland, 2009

Hosts elsewhere:

Scrophulariaceae        
Pedicularis palustris Marsh Lousewort British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Spencer, 1990: 222
Pedicularis palustris Marsh Lousewort British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Pedicularis sylvatica Lousewort British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - mines: Late September (Hering, 1960).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Recorded as new to Britain and Scandinavia (Bland and Tschirnhaus, 1998: 63) and new to Scotland (Bland, 2009).

Distribution elsewhere: Europe (Spencer, 1990: 227) including Germany (Bladmineerders van Europa), Norwegian mainland and Sweden (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Pedicularis palustris, Pedicularis sylvatica

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



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