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


Amauromyza monfalconensis (Strobl, 1909)
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Agromyza monfalconensis Strobl, 1909. Wien. ent. Ztg. 28: 295
Agromyza monfalconensis Strobl, 1909; Hendel, 1931. Fliegen palaearkt. Reg. 6(2): 78
Amauromyza monfalconensis (Strobl, 1909); Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 46
Amauromyza (Cephalomyza) monfalconensis (Strobl, 1909); Spencer, 1976. Fauna ent. Scand. 5(1): 161-2, fig. 292
Amauromyza monfalconensis (Strobl, 1909); Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the world Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 63, 68 (fig. 257), 70, 204.

Stem-borer: Details 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:

Rumex       Spencer, 1990: 63

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: June.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Widespread in Britain including Kent (Folkestone and Hythe), Middlesex (Scratch Wood), Dorset (Lyme Regis), Derby (Miller's Dale) and Inverness (Inverness) (Spencer, 1972b: 46) and Cambridgeshire, Glamorgan and North Somerset (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe, including Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Netherlands, N. Italy (Spencer, 1976: 162), Germany (Spencer, 1976: 550), Czech Republic, Estonia, French mainland, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Switzerland and Yugoslavia (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

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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