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Linear Leaf Mines- Ophiomyia maura The mines are linear, narrow, and have faint frass lines.<br />
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Habitat: The leaf mines were on white wood aster (Eurybia divaricata) that was growing along nature trails in a mostly deciduous forest<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84196/white_wood_aster_-_eurybia_divaricata.html" title="White Wood Aster - Eurybia divaricata"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/84196_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=SI7UJ%2FVYS5sgbUNXAF2Yy6Jrw30%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="White Wood Aster - Eurybia divaricata Habitat: Growing along nature trails in a mostly deciduous forest<br />
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Habitat: The leaf mines were on white wood aster (Eurybia divaricata) that was growing along nature trails in a mostly deciduous forest<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84194/linear_leaf_mines-_agromyzidae.html<br />
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Linear Leaf Mines- Ophiomyia maura

The mines are linear, narrow, and have faint frass lines.

Habitat: The leaf mines were on white wood aster (Eurybia divaricata) that was growing along nature trails in a mostly deciduous forest

White Wood Aster - Eurybia divaricata Habitat: Growing along nature trails in a mostly deciduous forest<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84194/linear_leaf_mines-_agromyzidae.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84195/linear_leaf_mines-_agromyzidae.html Eurybia divaricata,Geotagged,Spring,United States,White wood aster,aster,leaf mines

Linear Leaf Mines- Ophiomyia maura The mines are linear, narrow, and have faint frass lines.<br />
<br />
Habitat: The leaf mines were on white wood aster (Eurybia divaricata) that was growing along nature trails in a mostly deciduous forest<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84194/linear_leaf_mines-_agromyzidae.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84196/linear_leaf_mines-_agromyzidae.html Geotagged,Ophiomyia maura,Spring,United States

    comments (3)

  1. The leaf looks like white wood aster (Eurybia divaricata), and the fly should be Ophiomyia maura. Next time check the underside of the leaf--that species pupates inside the leaf, but switches to the lower surface before doing so. Posted 7 days ago
    1. That is awesome! Thank you for helping us! Posted 7 days ago
    2. Oh, neat - I wish I had checked!

      Thanks again for the ID help!!
      Posted 7 days ago

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Ophiomyia maura is a species of leaf miner flies.

Adult: wing length 1.9 to 2.5 mm., costa extending to m1+2, last and penultimate sections of m4 normally equal but distinctly variable (I have seen one male with the last section longer, in ratio 21:16 with penultimate); irons one and a half times width of eye; jowls narrow, between one-sixth and one-eighth vertical height of eye, not greatly projecting, forming vibrissal angle of about 80°; vibrissal horn in male rather slender; facial.. more

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Sep 10, 2019. Captured Jun 12, 2019 10:26 in 281 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm