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 limata Spencer, 1971
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Melanagromyza limata Spencer, 1971a. Entomologist's Gaz. 22: 150
Melanagromyza limata Spencer, 1971a; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 16 (figs 16-17), 17
Melanagromyza limata Spencer, 1971a; Spencer, 1990. Host specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera) : 160, 162 (fig. 590), 163.

Leaf-mine: Details of mine 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:

Heracleum sphondylium Hogweed British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Spencer, 1990: 160, 163

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: June.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Originally described from a single specimen collected in north Wales, Denbighshire (Cefn-y-bedd) (Spencer, 1972b: 17) and subsequently reared from Heracleum sphondylium in south Wales (Spencer, 1990); Denbighshire (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Belgium and Germany (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Heracleum sphondylium

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

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Biodiversity Heritage Library
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British leafminers
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