Phytomyza bipunctata


    The larvae of the fly Phytomyza bipunctata mine the leaves of Echinops species (Globe Thistles). The mines are long and white, with the frass in long strips on alternate sides of the gallery.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine (please state host species)

    Recording advice

    If submitting records for leafmines please state the host species and provide photographs.


    The mines are usually found in gardens where Globe Thistles are grown.

    When to see it

    Mines are usually found in June and July.

    Life History

    Pupation usually outside of the mine.

    UK Status

    Lack of records make it difficult to assess the status of this species in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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