Amauromyza labiatarum

    Description

    The fly Amauromyza labiatarum has larvae which mine the leaves of various plants including Dead-nettles and Woundworts producing a mine with a narrow gallery leading to a largish blotch on the upper surface. Frass is green and indistinct in the gallery - small grains may be seen at the gallery edge. The mines are recorded more frequently than the adult flies.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    Habitat

    Wherever the larval foodplants occur.

    When to see it

    The mines can be seen early summer and early autumn.

    Life History

    Larval foodplants include Prunella (Self Heal), Stachys (Woundwort), Lamium (Dead-nettle), Glechoma (Ground Ivy), Galeopsis (Hemp-nettle), Ballota (Horehound), Teucrium (Germander/Wood Sage), Lamiastrum (Yellow Archangel), Ajuga (Bugle), Verbena officinalis (Vervain).

    UK Status

    Widespread and locally frequent in southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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