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


SHERARDIA. Field Madder. [Rubiaceae]

Only one species of Sherardia is recorded in Britain, the native Field Madder (S. arvensis).

Only one British miner is recorded on Sherardia.

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


Field Madder - Sherardia arvensis. Image: © Linda Pitkin
Field Madder
Sherardia arvensis

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

1 > Leaf-miner: A narrow linear mine which may largely fill small leaves and produce a secondary blotch. Puparium orange

On Galium, but not yet on Sherardia, in Britain and additional genera of Lamiaceae elsewhere. Widespread in Britain and continental Europe.

Galiomyza morio (Brischke, 1880) [Diptera: Agromyzidae].

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