Botanophila fugax (Meigen, 1926)

Diptera, Anthomyiidae

mine

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).

hostplants

Amaranthaceae, monophagous (?)

Spinacia oleracea.

Séguy (1950a) additionally mentions Dianthus chinensis, caryophyllus. This is not repeated by later authors.

BENELUX

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).

synonyms

Chortophila, Hylemyia, Pegohylemyia, Phorbia fugax.

references

(Gosseries & Ackland (1991a), Dušek (1969a), Hering (1957a), de Meijere (1939a), Miles (1952a, 1953a), Robbins (1991a), Séguy (1950a), Teschner (1999a).

17/09/2014

mod 28.vi.2017