31st December 2011 - Note distinguishing Diptera and non-Diptera in Keys updated
The Note at the beginning of every Key has been updated to read:-
mining Diptera larvae 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. Larva may live in a corridor mine, a corridor-blotch mine, or a blotch mine, but never in a case, a rolled or folded leaf, a tentiform mine or sandwiched between two more or less circular leaf sections in later instars. The larvae lie on their sides within the mine and
use their pick-like mouthparts to feed on plant tissue. In some corridor miners frass may lie in two rows on alternate sides of the mine. In order to vacate the mine the fully grown larva cuts an exit slit, which is usually semi-circular (see Liriomyza huidobrensis video).
Larvae of mining Coleoptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera usually have six thoracic legs (although they may be reduced or absent), a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding). Larvae of Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera usually also have abdominal legs (see examples). Larva may live in a corridor mine, a corridor-blotch mine, a blotch mine, a case, a rolled or folded leaf, a tentiform mine or sandwiched between two more or less circular leaf sections in later instars. Frass, if present, never in two rows. Unless feeding externally from within a case the larva usually vacates the mine by chewing an exit hole.'
11th December 2011 - Phytomyza species on Antennaria added
Phytomyza antennaria Bland, 2011 and Phytomyza heckfordi Bland, 2011 have been added.
11th December 2011 - Key component numbering format updated
The way in which key components are numbered has been updated and standardised throughout
2nd December 2011 - Diptera Larval galleries created
New galleries of larval images were created for 156 species of Diptera using images from Bladmineerders en plantengallen van Europa.
12th November 2011 - Gallery image links checked and updated
Gallery image links for all species were checked and updated as necessary. Previously links to British leafminers for a species were linked to the same page for all images in each gallery. The links now link to the individual page in British leafminers on which the image appears.
2nd November 2011 - Larval and pupal/puparial links to Bladmineerders en plantengallen van Europa checked and updated
Larval and pupal/puparial links for all species of fly, beetle, moth and sawfly to Bladmineerders en plantengallen van Europa were checked and updated as necessary.
27th September 2011 - Images of adult moths added
A total of 215 images of adult moths have been added from UKMoths. I am grateful to the following for permission to use them - Charles Baker (17), Andy Banthorpe (2), Helen Bantock (6), Robin Barfoot (1), Ian Barton (4), Andy Beaumont (2), Phil Boggis (1), Patrick Clement (5), Charles Fletcher (8), David Griffiths (2), Paul Harris (1), Bob Heckford (4), Ian Kimber (85), Paul Kitchener (3), John Knowler (1), Roy Laverton (1), Brian Leecy (1), Chris Lewis (1), Mark Lawlor (4), Andy Mackay (10), Guy Meredith (3), Mark Parsons (2), David Slade (3), Ben Smart (36), Ian Smith (15), Francis Solly (3), Chris Steeman (1), Barry Stewart (1), Charlie Streets (1), Tom Tams (1), Oliver Wadsworth (7), and Duncan Williams (7).To
all I extend my grateful thanks.To
all I extend my grateful thanks.
31st July 2011 - More images added
images of mines and cases (where relevant) have been
added to the species and host pages. These additional image are
sourced from Bladmineerders en plantengallen van Europa and British
leafminers. Where there are two or more images for a species,
an interactive gallery has been created.
now exist for a total of 1, 006 species (36 species of beetles, 473 species of flies, 469 species of moths and 28 species of sawflies), although not all are miners.