Dip:Agromyzidae
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Ophiomyia cunctata (Hendel,1920)
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puparium

 

Food Plant: Bellis perennis ( Daisy), Crepis biennis ( Rough Hawks-beard), Helminthotheca echioides ( Bristly Oxtongue), Lapsana sp., L.communis ( Nipplewort), Mycelis sp., Picris sp., Sonchus arvensis ( Perennial Sow-thistle), S.asper ( Prickly Sow-thistle), S. oleraceus(Smooth Sow-thistle), Taraxacum sp., Taraxacum officinale ( Dandelion)

Mine: Spring and summer

Notes: Found most commonly on Taraxacum officinale . Forms a white mine along the midrib, with side branches into the leaf blade. Pupation occurs at the base of the midrib - the puparium is shown, with spiracula protruding through the epidermis. Adult reared to confirm identity.

Data: 12.vii.2018, Hessle, South-east Yorkshire, VC61

Image:© Barry Warrington

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