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This list was complied from primary sources such as the Hosts of the British leaf-mining insect fauna by Pitkin and Plant and the Host plant genera of the British Agromyzidae by Warrington. Other sources include published data and the Leafminers and plant galls of Europe website.
Please notify Colin Plant or Rob Edmunds of any additions, alterations or corrections.


Cirsium species (thistle):

Dip: Euleia heraclei, Liriomyza soror, Phytomyza heterophylii, Phytomyza spinaceae, Pegomya steini,
Col: Apteropeda orbiculata, Hadroplontus litura, Sphaeroderma rubidum, Sphaeroderma testaceum
Lep: Agonopterix propinquella, Coleophora peribenanderi (usually C.arvense), Jordanita globulariae, Scrobipalpa acuminitella

Recorded Elsewhere:

Dip: Chromatomyia horticola, Cornutrypeta spinifrons, Liriomyza bryoniae, Liriomyza strigata, Melanagromyza eriolepidis, Napomyza lateralis, Phytosciara halterata, Phytomyza continua, Phytomyza spoliata, Trypeta zoe
Col: Orthochaetes insignis

Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle):

Dip: Melanagromyza aeneoventris, Phytomyza autumnalis, Phtyomyza cirsii
Lep: Coleophora follicularis, Coleophora paripennella, Coleophora peribenanderi, Agonopterix propinquella
Col: Hadroplontus litura

Cirsium dissectum (Marsh Plume Thistle):

Dip: Liriomyza strigata, Phytomyza autumnalis

Cirsium heterophyllum (Melancholy Thistle):

Dip: Phytomyza albiceps, Phytomyza heterophylli

Cirsium palustre (Marsh Thistle):

Dip: Liriomyza strigata, Melanagromyza aeneoventris, Phytomyza autumnalis, Phytomyza cirsii

Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle):

Dip: Melanagromyza aeneoventris, Phytomyza cirsii


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