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Species Lemnaphila scotlandae

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Ephydroidea
Family Ephydridae (Shore Flies)
Subfamily Hydrelliinae
Genus Lemnaphila (Duckweed Miner Flies)
Species scotlandae (Lemnaphila scotlandae)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lemnaphila scotlandae Cresson, 1933
Explanation of Names
Named for Miss Minnie B. Scotland, who first reared the fly and described its life history.
About 1 mm
Eastern North America
"Adult L. scotlandae are commonly found on or flying over the surface of floating duckweed thalli. The adults utilize the Lemna for food, leaving characteristic elongate gouges on the surface of the thallus. Adults have been collected in late November, suggesting that adults are able to survive the cold season like other north-temperate Ephydridae." (Mathis and Edminston 2000)
Print References
Scotland, M. B. 1940. Review and summary of studies of insects associated with Lemna minor. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 48(4):319-332 (JSTOR)