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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ACTAEA. Baneberry. [Ranunculaceae]

Only one species of Actaea, the native Baneberry (A. spicata), is recorded in Britain.

Only one British miner is recorded on Actaea.

A key to the European miners recorded on Actaea is provided in Bladmineerders van Europa.

Key for the identification of the known mines of British
insects (Diptera and non-Diptera) recorded on Actaea

1 > Leaf miner: The first instar larva forms a shallow winding linear mine on the underside of the leaf, later forming a broad upper surface mine (Spencer, 1976: 436); initially frass in a narrow central line which after the larva moves to the upperside of the leaf is in irregular black lumps (Bladmineerders van Europa). Pupation internal (Spencer, 1976: 436).

On Clematis, but not yet on Actaea, in Britain and Clematis and Actaea elsewhere. Distribution in Britain unknow. Widespread in continental Europe

Phytomyza kaltenbachi Hendel, 1922 [Diptera: Agromyzidae].

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