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Pegomya hyoscyami (Panzer, 1809)
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eggs

 

Food Plant: Chenopodium urbicum (City Goosefoot), Chenopodium album (Fat Hen), Spinacia oleracea (Spinach), Hyoscyamus niger (Stinking Nightshade), Beta vulgaris (Beet), Silene vulgaris (Bladder campion)

Egg: underside of leaf

Mine: late Spring, late Summer

Notes: Makes a large upper surface whitish blotch, which can contain several larvae. The frass has a washed out appearance and is greenish. There may be several mines on a leaf and eventually the leaf will be mined and then shrivel up. To identify this miner adults must be reared. Mine shown on Beet. The eggs are laid in batches and have a sculptured surface (as shown). The larvae have emerged from these eggs.

Data: 19.vii.2009, Fleet, Hants, VC12

Image:© Rob Edmunds

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