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


Cerodontha rohdendorfi Nowakowski, 1967
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Cerodontha (Butomomyza) rohdendorfi Nowakowski, 1967.

Leaf-miner: Long, lower- or upper-surface blotch in the apical part of the leaf, occupying the entire width of the blade. Frass in a few lumps. Pupation internal (Bladmineerders van Europa).

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.

Mandibles with two teeth, alternating. Anterior spiraculum two-armed, with 13-17 bulbs. Posterior spiraculum with four, elongated and curved bulbs and at its outside a finely spinulose black wart (Bladmineerders van Europa). The larva is described by Dempewolf (2001: 123).

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).

Broadly oval, 1.5 - 2 mm long, reddish to blackish brown; rear spiracula on two low, well separated, bases (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Comments: On Poaceae (Peter Chandler, pers. comm.).

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere:

Festuca pratensis Meadow fescue   Bladmineerders van Europa
Poa chaixii Broad-leaved Meadow- grass   Bladmineerders van Europa



Time of year - larvae:Larvae in August - September, possibly also June; probably two generations (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Distribution elsewhere: Czech Republic, Finland, Poland (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Festuca pratensis

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

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Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas
NHM UK Checklist

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