A total of 885 British leaf, stem, twig, bark and samara miners are included in this account. A total of 1, 100 insects are discussed, although not all are miners as all agromyzids recorded in Britain and Ireland whether miner or not are included.
Keys are provided for the identification of mines on 675 of the 882 host plant genera discussed, although for 107 of these host plant genera the keys to Diptera and non-Dipera are separate. No keys for the identification of the mines are included for the reminaing host plant genera, as although they may include miners elsewhere they either do not occur in Britain or they are treated elsewhere under a different name. An additional key is provided to the species of Liriomyza recorded in glasshouses and/or quarantine interceptions.
If in doubt, rear it out!
Checklists are provided for all insect species discussed by Family, Genus and Species. Checklists
by scientific and common name (where they exist) are given for
all host plants.
synonymy and known host plants, biology and distribution,
where known, are given for all species included, along with a
list of known parasitoids. These lists are currently being updated.
of mines now exist for more than 600 species. These images are mainly sourced from Bladmineerders en plantengallen van Europa and British
Leafminers, but include some originals taken by Brian Pitkin and many others (see Acknowledgements). Images of immature stages and adults are included where available. More images are needed to enhance the keys and species accounts and the presence or absence of images is included in the checklists.
The morphology of the immature stages of miners is briefly discussed and illustrated.
Links from 291 of the 327 illustrated host plant
species are provided to the Interactive maps in the Online Atlas of the British and Irish flora, showing their distribution. Links to images of host plant species in British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. are also provided. Links to BSBI's plant crib is provided for 193 of 675 host genera discussed in the Keys.