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


Melanagromyza pubescens Hendel, 1923
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Melanagromyza pubescens Hendel, 1923b. Konowia 2: 144
Melanagromyza pubescens Hendel, 1923b; Hendel, 1931. Fliegen palaearkt. Reg. 6(2): 170
Melanagromyza pubescens Hendel, 1923b; Spencer, 1966. Beitr. Ent. 16: 28
Melanagromyza pubescens Hendel, 1923b; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. X 5(g): 17, 20 (fig. 33), 22
Melanagromyza pubescens Hendel, 1923b; Spencer, 1976. Fauna ent. Scand. 5(1): 52-4, figs 46-9.

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).

Comments: Like other species of Melanagromyza it is likely to be a stem- or root-borer or galler.

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: June.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Uncommon. London (Putney Heath), Cambridgeshire (Snailwell), Glamorgan (Porthcawl) (Spencer, 1972b: 17), East Suffolk and South Devon (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Mongolia (Spencer, 1976: 54), Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italian mainland, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

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British leafminers
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