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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Melanagromyza fabae Spencer, 1973
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Melanagromyza fabae Spencer, 1973a. Agromyzidae (Diptera) of Economic Importance : 41
Melanagromyza fabae Spencer, 1973a; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 112, 126 (figs 450-1), 127.

Root-feeder: Larva feeds and pupariumtes in root (Spencer, 1990: 127).

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 & Ireland:

Vicia faba Broad Bean British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Spencer, 1990: 112

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: England (Spencer, 1990: 127).

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Distribution elsewhere: Germany and Spanish mainland (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

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Vicia faba

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Chorebus cylindricus (Telenga, 1935) Braconidae: Alysiinae

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