Liriomyza taraxaci


The larvae of the fly Liriomyza taraxaci mine the leaves of Dandelion, Sow-thistle species and Autumn Hawkbit. They form small, irregular, elongated blotch mines with little frass  inside.

See the National Agromyzidae Recording Scheme webpage for this species for further details of puparium and adult insect.

ref.: Warrington, B.P. (2023).  Liriomyza taraxaci. Accessed at on 13/12/2023)

Identification difficulty

Leafmine   Adult

ID guidance

Leafmine: please provide a back-lit image of the leafmine and state the host plant.


Where the larval hostplants occur.

When to see it

Click on the 'further details' link in the 'Description' section above.  Then click on the Phenology tab which will provide phenology details for both adult and larval stages.

Leafmines may be found from May to November.

Life History

The larva leaves the mine to pupate.

UK Status

In Britain this species is considered to be Nationally Scarce A.

Warrington, B. P. 2022. A provisional review of the status of Agromyzidae in Great Britain & Northern Ireland

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
18/09/2020 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
31/07/2022 (Nicholls, David)

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