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Phytomyza vitalbae Kaltenbach, 1872
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frass in pearl strings


Food Plant: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup), Clematis and C. vitalba (Traveller's Joy)

Mine: June-September

Notes: The larva forms a long narrow upper surface mine. Most mines start close to the leaf tip. The frass is in long pearl strings (as shown). The larva exits through a slit. Pupation is external and the puparium pale brown - having posterior spiracles each with an ellipse of 10 bulbs. Mine shown is on Clematis sp.

Data: 26.x.2014, Mol, (Antwerpen), Belgium

Image:© Carina van Steenwinkel

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