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Ophiomyia melandricaulis Hering 1943
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stem mine


Food Plant: Lychnis flos-cuculi (Ragged-Robin), Moehringia trinervia (Three-nerved Sandwort), Silene dioica (Red Campion)

Mine: Summer: Autumn

Notes: A narrow corridor is formed in the leaf and this runs into the stem as a shallow external stem mine. The mine may be long, often being >30cms long. The frass is formed in widely spaced grains (as shown). Pupariation is usually below a leaf node. The puparium is a pale brown and the posterior spiracles each have 9-11 bulbs. A local species. The adullts were bred through to confirm identity. The mine shown is on Silene dioica (Red Campion).

Data: 15,16,vii,2018, Hessle, South-east Yorkshire, VC61

Image:© Barry Warrington

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