Celery fly - Euleia heraclei

    Alternative names
    Celery-leaf fly

    This is a small picture wing fruit fly which has very heavily marked with brown patterning. It has green eyes.

    Identification difficulty
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    Gardens and allotments where Celery and Parsnips are grown, although it will also use plants such as Hogweed for its larvae.

    When to see it

    April to November.

    Life History

    Larvae cause damage by mining the leaves of Celery, Parsnips and other plants such as Hogweed.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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