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Ophiomyia senecionina Hering, 1944
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Food Plant: Senecio erucifolius (Hoary Ragwort), Senecio jacobaea (Common Ragwort)

Mine: June-September (Hering, 1957)

Notes: Forms an external stem mine which is usually invisible but the presence of a puparium below a leaf node (usually) is the indication that the stem has been mined. (Warrington & Parker, 2021). A rare species found in undisturbed habitats. Mine and puparium shown on Senecio jacobaea (Common Ragwort).

Data: 15.xi.2021, Downham Market, Norfolk, VC28

Image:© Rob Edmunds

Recording Grade: 4

Hering, M (1957) - Bestimmungstabellen der Blattminen von Europa.
Papp L & Cerný M (2015), Agromyzidae (Diptera) of Hungary,1, Agromyzinae
Spencer, K.A (1972) - "Diptera: Agromyzidae" Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects, Royal Entomological Society of London.
Warrington, BP & Parker, A (2021) - The larval habits of Ophiomyia senecioninaHering (Diptera, Agromyzidae) on common ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris) stems

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