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


Delia kullensis (Ringdahl, 1933)
[Diptera: Anthomyiidae]

Hylemyia (Delia) kullensis Ringdahl, 1933. Ent. Tidskr. 54: 14
Delia kullensis (Ringdahl, 1933); Ackland and Pont, 1996. Entomologist's mon. Mag. 132: 17-21.

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:

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - mines: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Confirmed as British by Ackland and Pont (1996); East Suffolk (NBN Atlas)..

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Michelsen in Fauna Europaea).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, ? Bulgaria, ? Corsica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Faroe Is., Finland, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Italian mainland, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Russia - East, North, Central and Northwest, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands (Michelsen in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Silene vulgaris

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
NBN Atlas
NHM UK Checklist
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