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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



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



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The tiny larvae of Leaf Miners tunnel their way between the top and bottom layers of leaves, and sometimes inside 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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Diptera
        Family: Agromyzidae
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          Genus: Various
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Category: Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 1mm to 5mm (0.03" to 0.19")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black
Descriptors: small, flying, tunnel, plant
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 1mm (0.0in) and 5mm (0.2in)
Lo: 1mm
Md: 3mm
Hi: 5mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Leaf Miner Fly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Leaf Miner Fly. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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