Phytomyza species is reported as new to the Bedfordshire list

On 18 May 2024, Andy & Melissa Banthorpe found tenanted leaf mines on Mugwort at Sandy Smith NR, Bedfordshire VC30. The next day, the larvae had vacated the mines and pupariated externally, producing shiny-black puparia of Phytomyza artemisivora Spencer, 1971.

This is the first known record for the vice county.

Many thanks to Andy & Melissa for submitting their record.

21 May 2024