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Holly leaves with Mining Fly galls

Observed: 2nd September 2011 By: ranon.2011ranon.2011’s reputation in Plantsranon.2011’s reputation in Plantsranon.2011’s reputation in Plantsranon.2011’s reputation in Plants
02.09.2011 Holly leaves with galls1
02.09.2011 Holly leaves with galls1 1
Description:

These holly leaves were above the leaves with the white fungus on. On the edge of a golf course fairway facing west south west.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Holly (Ilex aquifolium) interacts

Comments

Syrphus's picture

The blotches are the galls of

The blotches are the galls of the mining fly Phytomyza ilicis.

M.

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lalows2's picture

Many years ago

I remember studying the predation and parastism of this fly at uni far longer ago than I care to recall; still look out for the distinctive patches on the leaves though and even turn the odd one or two over to see what has happened....

Cheers

D

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Sarah West's picture

We also studied this at uni

We also studied this at uni (Leeds) and I also turn them over!

Sarah West
www.OPALexplorenature.org
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber