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Upper surface blotch on Trifolium repens - Porphyrosela minuta

Upper surface blotch on Trifolium repens - Porphyrosela minuta
Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA
August 26, 2015
In frequently mowed but partially shaded lawn on university campus.
Upper leaf surface. most are not visible ventrally - except older mines seem to have consumption to the lower surface.
Older mines seem to become upper-tent, as with the terminal leaflet in this image.
In the population, mines seem to be occupied by between 1 and 3 larvae. Commonly all three leaflets have mines. Many mines are almost circular, but none fill the entire leaflet.

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Moved
Moved from Unidentified Leaf Mines.

Take a look at the info on the guide page, and please do your best to rear these! I'm incredulous that no adult specimens are known from North America, with these sightings of leaf mines popping up in so many locations. I think larvae may be able to enter fresh leaves, if you didn't already discard this one.

 
Fascinating! It may be of in
Fascinating!
It may be of interest that this exotic was found just outside the Center for International Trade and Development....

I have about 20 mines. So far, only some cute parasitoids emerged.

 
Those parasitoids are worth saving...
It would be interesting to know what wasps are making use of this new host.

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