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This list has been taken from the 'Hosts of British Leaf-mining insect fauna' (© Brian Pitkin and Colin Plant) and is a precursor to AIDGAP keys to Leaf Miners. Please credit the authors when quoting from this list and email any additions, corrections or comments to Colin Plant.


Cirsium species (thistle):

Dip: Euleia heraclei, Liriomyza soror, Liriomyza trifolii, Phytomyza heterophylii, Phytomyza spinaceae, Pegomya steini,
Col: Apteropeda orbiculata, Sphaeroderma rubidum, Sphaeroderma testaceum
Lep: Coleophora peribenanderi (usually C.arvense), Scrobipalpa acuminitella

Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle):

Dip: Chromatomyia 'atricornis', Phytomyza autumnalis, Phtyomyza cirsii
Lep: Coleophora follicularis, Coleophora paripennella, Coleophora peribenanderi, Agonopterix propinquella
Col: Hadroplontus litura

Cirsium dissectum (Marsh Plume Thistle):

Dip: Liriomyza strigata, Phytomyza autumnalis

Cirsium heterophyllum (Melancholy Thistle):

Dip: Phytomyza albiceps, Phytomyza heterophylli

Cirsium palustre (Marsh Thistle):

Dip: Liriomyza strigata, Phytomyza autumnalis, Phytomyza cirsii

Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle):

Dip: Chromatomyia 'atricornis', Phytomyza cirsii


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