Botanophila fugax (Meigen, 1926)
Elongated-oval eggs are deposited at either side of the leaf. They have irregularly keeled ribs running from one pole to the other (Miles, 1952a, 1953a). The larva primarily lives as a borer in stem and petioles, but is capable of making corridor-like excursions in the lamina. Possibly mines can be distinguished from those of Delia platura by harbouring just one larva, unlike the communal mines of Delia (Hering, 1957a; Robbins, 1991a).
Amaranthaceae, monophagous (?)
Séguy (1950a) additionally mentions Dianthus chinensis, caryophyllus. This is not repeated by later authors.
BE recorded (Gosseries & Ackland, 1991a).
NE recorded (de Meijere, 1939a).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).
distribution within Europe
Probably all of Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2007).
egg, larva, and pupaprium
Described by Miles (1952a) and Dušek (1969a).
Chortophila, Hylemyia, Pegohylemyia, Phorbia fugax.
(Gosseries & Ackland (1991a), Dušek (1969a), Hering (1957a), de Meijere (1939a), Miles (1952a, 1953a), Robbins (1991a), Séguy (1950a), Teschner (1999a).