Phytomyza ranunculi

    Description

    A leaf mining fly whose larvae mine the leaves of various members of the Buttercup family of plants. In this species the grains of frass are closely adjoining or grouped.

    Similar Species

    Mines are similar to those of Phytomyza ranunculivora, but in that species the grains of frass are well spread out and separate.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine (the frass pattern should be visible on images of the leafmine.)

    Habitat

    In areas where various plants of the Buttercup family are found.

    When to see it

    Spring to early autumn.

    Life History

    Larvae mine the leaves of various members of the Buttercup family of plants.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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