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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Cerodontha lineella (Zetterstedt, 1838)
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Agromyza lineella Zetterstedt, 1838. Insecta Lapp. : 790
Dizygomyza hirticeps Hendel, 1920. Arch. Naturgesch. 84A(7) (1918): 132
Cerodontha (Icteromyza) lineella (Zetterstedt, 1838); Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 106.

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 and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - mines: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: July.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Uncommon. Cornwall (St Boswells) and Yorkshire (Burnley-in-Wharfedale) (Spencer, 1972b: 106).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Finland, Sweden, Austria (Spencer, 1976: 174), Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Spanish mainland and The Netherlands (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

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
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NHM UK Checklist
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