Pegomyia hyoscyami - Pegomya hyoscyami

    Description

    A grey bodied fly about 6 millimetres long. 

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    Recording advice

    Adult: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Larva: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    Where the larval foodplants occur (see ‘Life History’).

    When to see it

    It emerges in April or May 

    Life History

    Lays eggs on the undersides of leaves of Beet, Spinach, Orache, Fat-hen etc. The larvae then mine the leaves before pupating.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain, but not well recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map