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


Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961. Entomologist's mon. Mag. 47: 94
Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 251, 253
Melanagromyza eriolepidis Spencer, 1961; Gibbs, 2002. Dipterists Digest 9: 153-154.

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:

Cirsium eriophorum Woolly Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Gibbs, 2002: 153

Hosts elsewhere:

Cirsium       Spencer, 1990: 251

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year: adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Gloucestershire (near Houndsfield Beacon) and Somerset (Polden Hills) (Gibbs, 2002: 153). North Somerset (NBN Atlas)

Distribution elsewhere: Germany (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Cirsium eriophorum

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
Find using Google
Find using Google Scholar
Find images using Google

XHTML Validator
Last updated 05-Dec-2017 Brian Pitkin Top of page