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Family Agromyzidae - Leaf Miner Flies

Two small flies mating - Liriomyza - male - female Liriomyza ex Baccharis halimifolia - Liriomyza eupatorii Panic grass, spent puparium - Agromyza Strebor Street Durham leaf miner on Elephantopus 2 2015 1 - Nemorimyza on-elephantopus Leaf mine on Erigeron - Calycomyza Unid Leafminer WPsg6 - Ophiomyia maura Leafminer, thistle - Phytomyza syngenesiae St. Andrews leaf miner on Mecardonia actuminata SA897 Carolina bay 2017 3
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Agromyzidae (Leaf Miner Flies)
Explanation of Names
Agromyzidae Fallén 1823
Numbers
~640 spp. in 19 genera in our area(1), >3,000 spp. in >40 genera worldwide(2)(3)
Size
1-5 mm(1)
Identification
Small, color is usually blackish or yellowish. Most species are more easily recognized by the mines than by the insects themselves.
Food
Larvae are leafminers, some are stem or seed borers(1)
Print References
(4)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.USDA Diptera Site (now closed)
3.Order Diptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Pape T., Blagoderov V., Mostovski M.B. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 222–229.
4.Agromyzidae of Florida with a supplement on species from the Caribbean
Spencer K.A., Stegmaier C.E., Jr. 1973. Florida Department of Agriculture. Arthropods of Florida and neighboring land areas v. 7. iv+205 pp. .