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


HONCKENYA. Sea Sandwort. [Caryophyllaceae]

Sea Sandwort (H. peploides) is the only species of Honckenya recorded in Britain. It is a native coastal species.

Only one British miner is recorded on Honckenya.

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

Sea Sandwort - Honckenya peploides. Image: © Brian Pitkin
Sea Sandwort
Honckenya peploides

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

1 > Leaf- and stem-miner: Mine predominantly in the leaves. The beginning of the mine is a full depth corridor lying on the leaf margin, with or without large, black frass grains. The larva goes through the stem, mines leaf after leaf, hollowing these out (Hering, 1957). The larva mines a number of leaves, and bores in the stem segments inbetween. Frass, as far as visible, in large black lumps. Pupation outside the mine.

On ? Honkenya in Britain and Honkenya and Minuartia elsewhere. Widespread in continental Europe.

Delia quadripila (Stein, 1916) [Diptera: Anthomyiidae]

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