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.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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