what's this evergreen shrub that's home to five species of fruit fly?
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Thanks Mark for the id.
a non-native-looking 'garden' shrub which I've ignored all year, then grown to love in the late autumn and winter, as it offers shelter to so many interesting flies.
The fly in the first image turns out to be Tephritis matricariae, recently discovered but by no means the rarest on this bush, which is surrounded by voluminous ivy
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I have seen the leaves of this sp galled but never found out the cause
I'll look out for galls and try to take one and rear it. Apparently it's not that hard to do
Lat/Lng: 51.6039, -0.076
OS grid ref: TQ333912