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Species Liriomyza sativae - Vegetable Leaf Miner

Liriomyza sativae - male
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 Phytomyzinae
Genus Liriomyza
Species sativae (Vegetable Leaf Miner)
Explanation of Names
Liriomyza sativae Blanchard, 1938
Wing length 1.25 to 1.7 mm, with males averaging about 1.3 mm and females about 1.5 mm.
Adults principally yellow and black.
Southern United States from Florida to California and in most of Central and South America. Occasionally farther north but it doesn't survive the cold. Also in Hawaii.
Plants from many families but seems toprefer those in Cucurbitaceae, Leguminosae, and Solanaceae. Stegmaier (1966)
Life Cycle
White, elliptical eggs about 0.23 mm. Larvae three active instars, reddish brown puparium about 1.5 mm long
Highly polyphagous.
Considered a pest of some cultivated plants.
Considered invasive in this country. (Capinera, John L. North American Vegetable Pests. The Pattern of Invasion. American Entomologist. Spring 2002)
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