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


Phytomyza buhriella Spencer, 1969
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Phytomyza buhriella Spencer, 1969b. Beitr. ent. 18: 21
Phytomyza notabilis Spencer, 1971a. Entomologist's Gaz. 22: 182
Phytomyza notabilis Spencer, 1971a; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 85 (fig. 284), 87
Phytomyza buhriella Spencer, 1969c; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 293, 296 (fig. 1143), 298.

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: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere:

Petasites       Spencer, 1990: 293

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: June.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Edinburgh (Spencer, 1972b: 87).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italian mainland, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and The Netherlands (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Ichneumonoidea - Links to species no longer available  
Dacnusa merope (Nixon, 1948) Braconidae: Alysiinae
Dacnusa pubescens (Curtis, 1926) Braconidae: Alysiinae
Dacnusa stramineipes (Haliday, 1839) Braconidae: Alysiinae
Grammospila rufiventris (Nees, 1812) Braconidae: Alysiinae

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