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Phytoliriomyza variegata (Meigen, 1830)
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an initial gallery develops into a blotch


Food Plant: Colutea arborescens (Bladder-senna) and Astragalus glycyphyllos (Wild Liquorice)

Mine: June, August

Notes: Forms a narrow linear mine by the margin of the leaf which later develops into a blotch (as shown). The blotch has clumps of greenish frass. This mine is the first time that it has been seen on Astragalus in the UK.

Data: 23.vii.2010, Kettering, Northamptonshire, VC 32

Image:© Colin Plant

Recording Grade: 3,5

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