Phytomyza hellebori

    Description

    The larvae of the fly Phytomyza hellebori mine the leaves of Hellebore species and particularly those of Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus). The mines quite often have a blackish appearance - frass in pearl strings. 

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Where the host species are present.

    When to see it

    When the host species are in leaf.

    UK Status

    First found in Britain in 2000 and is distributed mainly in Southern Counties and East Anglia.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map