Phytomyza minuscula


This is a small grey/black fly whose larvae mine the leaves of several plants, but especially aquilegias.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


Often in gardens where aquilegias are grown.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

Larva forms short, irregular white linear mine, with frass in conspicuous black lines. Pupation external, normally adhering to the leaf near the end of the mine until dislodged by rain or wind.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map