Dip:Scathophagidae
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Parallelomma paridis (Hering, 1923)
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larvae in mine
larvae in mine

 

Food Plant: Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris)

Egg: laid on leaf in batches (average batch size about 5)

Mine: April to May

Notes: Forms large blotch mines (as shown). The larval development is rapid (taking only 13 days).The larvae are seen top left, with an egg batch bottom right (top photo). The pupal stage then lasts for around 348 days, with adults emerging in May and June. In Fauna Europea this species is considered to be conspecific with P.vittatum but Nelson (1990) gives features for distinguishing the adult flies. Found in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Stirling, Perth and Forfar.

Data: 30.v.2009, Cheltenham, E.Gloucs, VC33

Image:© Robert Homan

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