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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Agromyza frontella - Alfalfa Blotch Leafminer

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Opomyzoidea
Family Agromyzidae (Leaf Miner Flies)
Subfamily Agromyzinae
Genus Agromyza
Species frontella (Alfalfa Blotch Leafminer )
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Domomyza frontella Rondani, 1874
MA, NJ, NY; widespread in Europe (1)
Life Cycle
Females lay 1-3 eggs/leaf. Larvae feed inside mines. Mature larvae drop to the ground to pupate
Larva forms a characteristic linear-blotch mine in Medicago, and less frequently in Melilotus and Trifolium. (1)
Introduced species, relatively recently. The parasite Dacnusa dryas has been introduced in NE US as a biocontrol
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Manual of the Agromyzidae (Diptera) of the United States - Agriculture Handbook Number 638
Kenneth A. Spencer and George C. Steyskal. 1986. United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service.