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Leaf-miner Fly

The Agromyzidae family, often called Leaf-miner flies, consists of 2500 species worldwide. Species vary in size and wingspans from less than four hundredth of an inch to one quarter of an inch.

Adults can be distinguished by the hardening on the frontal vitta of the head which leads to the area having a different color and texture from the rest of the head. All species feature compound eyes that are normally oval and smaller in size. The wings are usually glassy and transparent although some tropical species have darker markings. A few species are able to produce shrilling noises. Larva feed on plants that are of agricultural and aesthetic value and are considered pests.

Leaf-miner Fly