Tag Archives: Chenopodiaceae

Fellow Leaf Mine Enthusiasts

The other day I went out to pick some spinach for breakfast, and I noticed this fly resting on one of the leaves: This is a lauxaniid fly in the Minettia obscura species group, which I recognize mostly by the orange-tinted … Continue reading

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Leafminers on the Road

For the next couple of months, I will be exploring the western US in search of leaf mines to photograph and collect.  I’m not sure how often I’ll get a chance to post something here, but I figured I’d take … Continue reading

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Lambsquarters Leafminer

On July 20 I found the distinctive mines of Chrysoesthia sexguttella (Gelechiidae) in some lambsquarters (Chenopodium) leaves, with the larvae still inside.  I collected two leaves containing mines and put them in a plastic bag. The larvae had emerged from … Continue reading

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