Phytomyza astrantiae

    Description

    The larva of the fly Phytomyza astrantiae mines the leaves of Masterwort (Astrantia major) forming a gallery/blotch mine which is brown in colour, with a pale yellow margin.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Gardens where Masterwort is present.

    When to see it

    When Masterwort is in leaf.

    UK Status

    The first British record came from Gloucestershire in 2005. It has since been found in Cumbria, Northants, Kent, Yorkshire, Hampshire and in Ross & Cromarty and Moray in Scotland. . It is likely to be more widespread and previously overlooked.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map