Phytobia cerasiferae (Kangas, 1955) has been rediscovered in Great Britain

A detailed study* revealed that this species is much more abundant and widespread than previously thought. The species was last recorded in 1955 (when it was first described) but it has recently been found in 17 tetrads, covering four vice counties. The article reveals how to find the hidden larval mines of the species; the larvae feed on the differentiating xylem just under the bark of Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and other Prunus spp.

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*Warrington, Barry P. 2023. Phytobia cerasiferae (Kangas) (Diptera, Agromyzidae) rediscovered in Great Britain, with notes on its rearing and larval behaviour. Dipterists Digest (Second Series) 30 (2): 234-245.
10 November 2023