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


Ophiomyia senecionina Hering, 1944
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Ophiomyia senecionina Hering, 1944a. Mitt. dt. ent. Ges. 12: 57
Ophiomyia senecionina Hering, 1944a; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 24 (figs 53-5), 27, 114
Ophiomyia senecionina Hering, 1944a; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 292 (figs 1124-5), 293, 295.

Stem-mine: An external stem mine. Pupation in the mine (Spencer, 1972b: 27).

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).

Posterior spiracles each with 6-7 bulbs (Spencer, 1972b: 27).

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

Senecio erucifolius Hoary Ragwort British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Spencer, 1972b: 114
Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Spencer, 1972b: 114

Hosts elsewhere:

Senecio       Spencer, 1990: 293

Time of year - mines: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Local. Surrey (Box Hill) (Spencer, 1972b: 27); Cambridgeshire (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Northern France (Spencer, 1990: 295), Germany and Slovakia (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Senecio erucifolius, Senecio jacobaea

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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