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Phytomyza ilicis (Curtis, 1846)
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the mine is green intially

Food Plant: Ilex (Holly)

Mine: Univoltine - Summer to Spring

Pupa: The pupa forms inside the mine.

Notes: Initially in mid-rib then upper surface blotch. Only miner on Holly. Widespread throughout. The early mine is green (as shown). The oviposition scars can be seen on the midrib (underside of the leaf) for this species. Occasionally long thin mines (reminiscent of Lyonetia clerkella) are seen - these may indicate parasitism of the ilicis larva.

Data: 15.iii.2006, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

Recording Grade: 1

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