Six species of Agromyzidae recently added to the Bedfordshire list

During October and November 2023, Matthew Ames collected leaf mines on Buttercup (Ranunculus sp.), Thistle (Cirsium sp.) and an unknown species of grass in Bedfordshire, VC30.

The Buttercup leaves were mined by Phytomyza fallaciosa Briscke, 1881 and Phytomyza notata Meigen, 1830 (both species identified by puparium morphology), the Cirsium mine contained the puparium of Phytomyza autumnalis (Hering, 1957) with the mines on grass containing the puparia of Cerodontha (Poemyza) lateralis (Macquart, 1835). Matthew, having read the article mentioned here, also found the feeding tracks of Phytobia cerasiferae (Kangas, 1955), a species previously considered extinct in Great Britain, and Phytobia carbonaria (Zetterstedt, 1848). Many thanks to Matthew for submitting his records.

All six species are new to Bedfordshire. For more info on these species, click on the species names above.

17 November 2023