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Photo#1770257
Agromyzidae, perhaps Melanagromyza, maybe M. minimoides, dorsal

Agromyzidae, perhaps Melanagromyza, maybe M. minimoides, dorsal
Red Oak Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa, USA
July 21, 2019
Size: 2- mm
July 15, 2019: noted insect sign on flowers of Oxeye false sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides. Collected 2 flower heads.
July 21, 2019: found fly


July 22, 2019: this fly emerged from the other flower head.

Thanks to John van der Linden who helped with observations, photos and a link to more information.
Perhaps genus Melanagromyza
posterior spiracles of puparium very similar to:
Manual of Agromyzidae (p 351) Fig 127
And to John’s posts:


perhaps species Melanagromyza minimoides
Manual of Agromyzidae,(p 32)
"Host/Early Stages. Many genera of Asteraceae, confirmed … eliopsis helianthoides, … Rudbeckia laciniata,... Larva feeding and pupating in seed head; puparium whitish yellow, posterior spiracles (fig. 127) on widely separated conical projections, each with ring of 9 bulbs around central horn."

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Agromyzidae, perhaps Melanagromyza, maybe M. minimoides, dorsal Agromyzidae, flower head, spent puparia Agromyzidae, spent puparia