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


Phytoliriomyza alpicola (Strobl, 1898)
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Agromyza alpicola Strobl, 1898a. Mitt. naturw. Ver. Steierm. 34: 272
Metopomyza alpicola (Strobl, 1898a); Spencer, 1971. Entomologist's Gaz. 22: PAGE
Lemurimyza alpicola (Strobl, 1898a); Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 50, 59 (figs 201-2), 61.
Phytoliriomyza alpicola (Strobl, 1898a).

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).

Comments: The larvae of Lemurimyza are almost certainly not leaf-miners but probably feed internally either in stems or flower-heads (Spencer, 1972b: 61).

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: June-July.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Dunbartonshire (Spencer, 1972b: 61).

Distribution elsewhere: Austrian Alps (Spencer, 1972b: 61; Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

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

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