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Liriomyza sonchi Hendel, 1931
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puparium dorsal view
puparium ventral view


Food Plant: Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow-thistle) and other Sonchus (Thistle) spp. (In Germany, Arnoseris (Lambs Succory))

Mine: Bivoltine. late spring & summer

Pupa: Outside the mine

Notes: Forms a large upper surface blotch. Secondary feeding lines are visible. Scattered frass grains are seen in the mine. In the mine above the initial gallery has been absorbed into the blotch. Often several larvae feeding together. The puparium is shown in dorsal (top photo) and ventral view (bottom photo). Widespread in South - London, Middlesex, Berkshire, Warwickshire, Co. Clare, Co. Wexford. Mine shown is on Sonchus sp.

Data: 27.vii.2021 ex mine 25.vii.2021, Downham Market, Norfolk, VC28

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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