Liriomyza huidobrensis (Blanchard, 1926)
Last updated: December 12th, 2006
Serpentine leaf miner, pea leaf miner, South American leaf miner.
Adult small, 1.3-2.3 mm long, compact-bodied fly, of greyish-black colour; larvae headless maggot up to 3.3 mm in length, yellow-orange at maturity. Larvae are leaf miners on a wide range of hosts, especially economically-important vegetables and ornamental plants in both glasshouses and outdoors. Recent molecular research found evidence for a cryptic species, Liriomyza langei, within the species complex known as Liriomyza huidobrensis. Both species are at present not distinguishable by external characters.