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Holly Leaf Miner

Observed: 19th September 2011 By: wad25
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Holly Leaf Miner (1)
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Cream/Reddish Brown damage to holly leaves caused by burrowing larvae of the fly Phytomyza ilicis.
Do the brown areas indicate the presence of the larvae?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Holly Leaf Gall Fly (Phytomyza ilicis) interacts


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According to


larvae occur in the blotch mines between December and May. So in this case, the larvae will not be present in the mines shown, but there could be a new generation of larvae in their early stages when the mine is confined to the midrib of a leaf. To check if a new generation is present, then look for the scars on the underside of the midrib, where the female has laid her eggs.

Robert Homan

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Thank you for your response, I will take a closer look as you suggest.