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A vacated mine of Liriomyza huidobrensis - (Diptera: Agromyzidae)







Image: Colin Plant, February 2005

Joan Childs discovered this miner in Pisum sativa (pea) imported from Nicaragua, at a shop in Potton in Bedfordshire in January 2005.

The species is not formally British as it is not established here. In its living form (e.g. tenanted mines) it is a notifiable pest that must be reported.

L. huidobrensis is indigenous to cooler, mostly highland areas of Latin America. In South America, it is known from Argentina, Brazil, Chile including Juan Fernandez Island, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela; in Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama; in the Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe ("introduced but not established?"; in North America: California (probably in all southern counties and along the coast and inland valleys at least as far north as Placer Co. a major pest in Salinas Valley of Monterey Co.); Hawaii; Europe: Belgium, Netherlands, UK.; Middle East: Israel.

Further information on this pest species is at:


Colin Plant, February 2005

Newsletter of leafmines.co.uk                                                                              February 2005