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


BUXUS. [Buxaceae]

Only one species of Buxus is recorded in Britain.

Only one miner, the cecidomyiid Monoarthropalpus flavus, is recorded on Buxus in Britain.

A key to the European miners recorded on Buxus is provided in Bladmineerders van Europa.

Key for the identification of the known mines of British
insects (Diptera and non-Diptera) recorded on Buxus

1 > Leaf-miner: Lower-surface circular mine, just a few mm in diameter. Upper surface wart-like, somewhat discoloured, opaque. Mine often on top of the midrib. Sometime several mines together, which may fuse. The larvae live of cell sap that oozes into the mine.

On Buxus in Britain and elsewhere. Southern England. Widespread in continental Europe.

Monarthropalpus flavus (Schrank, 1776) [Diptera: Cecidomyidae].

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