Liriomyza taraxaci

    Description

    The larvae of the fly Liriomyza taraxaci mine the leaves of Dandelion Sow-thistle and Autumn Hawkbit, forming a small, irregular, elongated blotch with few frass grains inside the mine.

    Identification difficulty

    Leafmine

    Recording advice

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    Habitat

    Where the larval hostplants occur.

    When to see it

    The mines can be seen in spring to early autumn.

    Life History

    The larva leaves the mine to pupate.

    UK Status

    Said to be widespread in the south of England, but there are few records on the NBN.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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