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Leaf Miner Fly (Various spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Leaf Miner Fly.

 Updated: 1/22/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




Leaf Miner Fly larvae burrow into and between layers of plant tissue, blemishing foliage and compromising plant health.



The tiny larvae of Leaf Miners tunnel their way between the top and bottom layers of leaves, and sometimes stems and roots, too. The evidence of their presence is usually spotted before the actual perpetrator. Leaves turn brown and thin in the areas where the tissue mining has occurred. Adults are less frequently seen.

Species tend to be plant-specific, feeding only on one type of plant even in the presence of other suitable food sources. Knowing the name of the affected plant can sometimes aid in identifying which type of Leaf Miner Fly larvae are feeding on it. There are many species that have not been studied, however, so more detailed identification may not be possible.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Diptera
        Family: Agromyzidae
          Genus: Various
            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Category: Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 1mm to 5mm (0.04in to 0.20in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black
Descriptors: small, flying, tunnel, plant
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