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Species Japanagromyza viridula - Oak Shothole Leafminer

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Agromyzidae (Leaf Miner Flies)
Subfamily Agromyzinae
Genus Japanagromyza
Species viridula (Oak Shothole Leafminer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agromyza viridula (Coquillett 1902)
Explanation of Names
Japanagromyza viridula (Coquillett 1902)
viridula = 'greenish'
"Shothole" refers to the holes in oak leaves caused by adult females (see below and photo at Forestry Images); "leafminer" refers to the larval feeding habit.
Remarks
Larvae make linear-blotch mines in oak leaves. When females feed on opening leaves by piercing with their ovipositors and then drinking the juices, the punctures widen as the leaf expands and the full-grown leaf is riddled with holes.