Phytomyza ilicis

    Description

    The larvae of the Agromyzid fly Phytomyza ilicis mine the leaves of Holly. Previously it was thought that there may be other species producing similar mines so records were placed within an aggregate, however recent research has shown that in the UK there is only one species.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    Habitat

    Anywhere that the host plant grows.

    Life History

    Phytomyza ilicis lays its eggs in May or June, at the base of the petiole of a young leaf (on the underside). Larva initially feeds in mid-rib, later producing characteristic irregular upper surface linear-blotch. Pupation is internal.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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    MAP KEY:

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

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