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Leaf-miner fly

Scientific Name
Liriomyza marginalis
Scientific Author
(Malloch, 1913)
Taxonomy
(Diptera: Agromyzidae: Phytomyzinae)

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Diagnostic Notes
According to Spencer, 1973 color of mesonotum highly variable but always yellow centrally adjoining scutellum. Tip of epandrium broad as in the figure (Lir marginalis genitalia.pct). A further character is the unusual shape of the larval anterior spiracles.

However, identification might be not easy since many other species occur on those grass species in the region where also marginalis lives.

IMPORTANT CHARACTERS

Adults Wing length: 1.6 - 2 mm. Arista rather long but shorter than head. First two dorsocentral bristles very small. Last pair of acrostichal (on yellow cuticle) medioclinate. Anepisternum extensively yellow. Katepisternum light brown with wide yellow dorsal margin. Tibiae and tarsi are light brown, somewhat darker than the yellow femora. Abdomen dark without yellow stripes, but with variable yellow patches on the last three tergites.
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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
McCaffrey, Sarah
Created
12/12/2011 09:47 AEST
Last Updated
14/12/2011 15:39 AEST
Citation
McCaffrey, Sarah (2011) Leaf-miner fly (Liriomyza marginalis) Updated on 12/14/2011 3:39:54 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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