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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Phytoliriomyza pectoralis (Becker, 1908)
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]


Agromyza pectoralis Becker, 1908a. Mitt. zool. Mus. Berl. 4(1): 167
Phytoliriomyza pectoralis (Becker, 1908a); von Tschirnhaus, 1971: PAGE.
Lemurimyza pectoralis (Becker, 1908a); Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 50, 59 (fig. 204), 63.


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: The larvae are almost certainly not leaf-miners but probably feed internally either in stems or flower-heads (Spencer, 1972b: 63).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Derby (Dovedale) (Spencer, 1972b: 63).

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Distribution elsewhere: Mediterranean area, Canary Islands (Spencer, 1972b: 63), Madeira and Sicily (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

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Host species unknown

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



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