Columbine Leaf Miner - Phytomyza aquilegiae

    Description

    Phytomyza aquilegiae is a fly whose larvae mine the leaves of Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) and some related species. A large blotch is formed, sometimes by several larvae, on the upper surface of the leaf. Frass is found scattered throughout the mine. The mine has a striking, large, somewhat inflated, upper-surface, often a purple-brown blotch without a preceding corridor. Leaves can sometimes be largely destroyed.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    Habitat

    On Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris).

    When to see it

    Mine can be seen in summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in the south of Britain particularly in gardens.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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