Phytomyza ilicis Curtis, 1846

Phytomyza ilicis: mine on Ilex aquifolium

Ilex aquifolium, Nieuwendam

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Ilex aquifolium, Nieuwendam: very young mines (December 10th)

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oviposition scars, leaf underside

three mines, already in the puparium phase, with a lower-surface part; the middle one hit by bird predation.

Phytomyza ilicis in Ilex aquifolium: scars of feedings punctures

Ilex aquifolium, landgoed de Dellen, © Hans Jonkman: scars of feedings punctures

mine

Oviposition, in May-June, in the underside of the petiole or midrib of a young leaf, leaves a clear scar. In the course of the following months the larva tunnels in the midrib in the direction of the leaf tip. Only in December-January it enters the leaf blade, where the fist moult takes place. The larve then makes an interparenchymatous blotch in the blade, in the middle layer of the (three cell layers thick) palissade parenchyma. Most frass is deposited in the centre of the blotch; here the epidermis often turns wine red. Often tha larva, not long before pupation, descends into the upper layers of the sponge parenchyma, and makes a large blotch there. This second mine, despite its size, is quite inconspicuous because there is no discolouration whatever. Pupation is within the mine, upper-surface, but lower-surface when a second blotch has been made. The front spiracula penetrate the epidermis.

hostplants

Aquifoliaceae, monophagous

Ilex aquifolium.

phenology

Larvae in the blotch mine from December till about May.

BENELUX

BE recorded (De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus, 1991a).

NE recorded (de Meijere, 1924a, 1939a).

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to France and Italy, and from Ireland to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2007). Hongarijke (Csóka, 2003a).

larva

puparium

synonyms

Phytomyza aquifolii Goureau, 1851.

notes

Very common, but in parks and gardens (where the Holly leaves tend to be thicker) much more frequent than in nature.

Ph. ilicis is member of a monophyletic group of species that all mine on trees of the genus Ilex. Whereas only one species of this group occurs in Europe, no less than eleven species occur in North America (Lonsdale & Scheffer, 2011a).

More than any other leaf miner Ph. ilicis falls victim to bird predation. See for the biology of this fascinating miner Miall & Taylor (1907a) and Ellis (2000a).

The picture below shows normal mines (both have fallen victim to bird predation) and a corridor. The latter is made by an ilicis larva that, upon leaving the midrib, didn’t manage to produce a blotch in time. His corridor has swiftly been chocked by callus tissue, and in the end the larva has been squeezed to death by the callus.

Phytomyza ilicis

Ilex aquifolium, Santpoord-Noord

Ilex aquifolium, Nieuwendam; very rarely the larva manages to make a blotch from the deadly gallery, like in the mine to the top right.

references

Andersen & Jonassen (1994a), Beuk (2002a), De Bruyn & von Tschirnhaus (1991a), Buhr (1932a), Černý & Merz (2005a, 2007a), Csóka (2003a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Dempewolf (2001a), Ellis (2000a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Hering (1955b, 1957a), Jeanneau (1972a), Kabos (1971a), Lonsdale & Scheffer (2011a), Maček (1999a), Manning (1956a), de Meijere (1924a, 1926a, 1939a), Miall & Taylor (1907a), Niblett (1956a), Robbins (1991a), Rydén (1926a), Scheirs, De Bruyn & Verdyck (1993a), Skala (1941a), Sønderup (1949a), Spencer (1953a, 1971a, 1972a, 1976a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), Stammer (2016a), Starke (1942a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a), Zoerner (1970a).

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