Phytomyza pimpinellae

    Description

    The larvae of the Agromyzid fly Phytomyza pimpinellae mine the leaves of Greater Burnet-saxifrage and Burnet-saxifrage producing a broad, relatively short, upper surface mine with conspicuous feeding lines of frass. 

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    Recording advice

    Adult: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Leafmine: Please state the host species, and provide a backlit photograph of the mine showing the frass lines, and a photograph of the pupa or larva if present.

    Habitat

    Areas where the host plants occur.

    When to see it

    Mines can be seen from early to late summer while the host plants are in leaf.

    UK Status

    True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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