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


SPIRODELA. Greater Duckweed. [Lemnaceae]

Only one species of Spirodela is recorded in Britain, the Greater Duckweed (S. polyrhiza). It is a native species.

Only one british miner is recorded on Spirodela.

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

1a > Leaf-miner: Initially a corridor, with hardly recognisable frass; in due course the entire tthallus is eaten out. Pupation within the mine.

On ? Lemna, Potamageton and ? Spirodela in Britain and Lemna, Potamageton and Spirodela elsewhere. Widespread in continental Europe

Hydrellia albilabris (Meigen, 1830) [Diptera: Ephydridae].

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