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Phytomyza verbenae - male

Phytomyza verbenae - Male
Tuolumne County, California, USA
November 5, 2012
Emerged from a leaf mine collected 10/30/2012. I originally thought the host plant was a mint, but thanks to John Pearson it has been identified as Verbena lasiostachys (I checked and this is the only Verbena species recorded from that area).

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Phytomyza verbenae - male Vervain-mining agromyzid - Phytomyza verbenae

Moved from Phytomyza.

This is the holotype.

Host plant...
...appears to be a species of Vervain (Verbena) [Verbenaceae], possibly V. lasiostachys.

Moved from Leaf Miner Flies.
Possible new species (det. Owen Lonsdale)... I'll add some host plant photos to see if anyone can ID that more specifically.

Mint miner
Hi Charley - you shouldn't have any Phytomyza on mint down there and it's not the recent invasive P. petoei (found in Quebec). It might be a new invasive. If you send it to me I can check it out.
Owen Lonsdale

That's the plan
When I get a chance later this winter I'll get all my agromyzids from this fall together and send them your way. I was pretty sure there weren't supposed to be any mint miners in the US.

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