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Dandelion leaf mine

Observed: 10th August 2013 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebrates
CIMG1527
Description:

I dont know a lot about leaf miners but this is on dandelion in the back garden, I think I have just seen the moth that is responsible. Hope to get photo of the moth but that one got away.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Chromatomyia 'atricornis'
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

nightfly's picture

Hi Robert, I found 2 small

Hi Robert,

I found 2 small moths on the dandelion and hoped they belonged to the mine but the only pupa I could find looked too small to be related to the moth.

I'll add a pic of the pupa when I take one, its a small hard pupa and it is within the underside of the leaf, 3mm maximium.

Thanks,

Cathal.

dejayM's picture

C.horticola?

I never thought that I might challenge Rob - but I will.
Before posting my own I visited every post of Chromatomyia 'atricornis' to see if I could learn more - I did. But like every good iSpotter I have returned to agree where possible.

Now, "British records of syngenesiae, horticola or 'atricornis' on hosts other than Asteraceae in Britain, are assumed to represent horticola" is from http://www.ukflymines.co.uk/Flies/Chromatomyia_syngenesiae.php.
I may return then to add another ID but first need to check Dandelions for miners. In any case it is not wise to agree to a flawed ID panel. The UKIS Dictionary accepts Chromatomyia atricornis
So now why not look at mine http://www.ispotnature.org/node/740413