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Phytomyza spondylii (Goreau, 1851)
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forms whitish linear mines

Food Plant: Astrantia spp. A.bieberstedtii, A.carniolica, Heracleum mantegazzianum (Giant Hogweed), H.sphondylium (Hogweed), Pastinaca sativa (Wild Parsnip)

Mine: May-November

Notes: Larva forms a conspicuous, whitish linear mine. Larva leaves the mine through the lower surface and falls from the leaf on pupation.
Puparium shining black; posterior spiracles each with 16-26 bulbs

Data: 27.vii.2003, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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