Mystery mine on Lantana

Another commonly observed mystery leafminer that I'm hoping someone can collect and rear: An Ophiomyia species (Agromyzidae) that forms winding linear mines on Lantana camara, L. x hybrida, and maybe other Lantana spp., in California, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The well-known species O. camarae makes a mine based on the midrib, with short extensions into the blade along either side:
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @silversea_starsong, Mission, TX, 11/5/2021
The mystery mines are not based on the midrib, although they sometimes have similar short branches where they encounter lateral veins. It's conceivable that they are made by the same species, but adults need to be reared to confirm this.
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @susanhewitt, Carlsbad, CA, 10/1/2019
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @dan_johnson, Houston, TX, 10/6/2019
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leafphoto of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @kimberlietx, Southlake, TX, 6/16/2020 (note long lower-surface portion in this example)
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @victorengel, Austin, TX, 7/2/2020
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leafphoto of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @silversea_starsong, Newport Beach, CA, 7/15/2020 (another example with a long lower-surface portion)
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @silversea_starsong, Garden Grove, CA, 10/26/2020
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @wsweet321, Long Beach, CA, 11/1/2020
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @terit, Natchez, MS, 11/15/2020
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @wsweet321, Long Beach, CA, 1/24/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @sessilefielder, Los Angeles Co., CA, 1/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @chalon9, El Cajon, CA, 7/23/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @joemdo, Medley, FL, 7/26/2021 (this one has a distinct frass line and may have been made by a different species)
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leafphoto of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @silversea_starsong, Orange, CA, 8/23/2021 (the first example follows the lateral veins a lot)
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @biocowboy, Long Beach, CA, 8/24/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @wsweet321, Long Beach, CA, 9/16/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @milliebasden, San Diego, CA, 9/28/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @vcharny, Dauphin Island, AL, 10/11/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @silversea_starsong, Mission, TX, 11/5/2021
photo of Ophiomyia mine in a Lantana leaf @sessilefielder, Los Angeles, CA, 3/13/2022

Posted by ceiseman ceiseman, April 09, 2022 03:10 PM

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Thank you for the note. I’ve not seen this leafminer in SD, but will have have it on my radar for now.

Posted by biocowboy 10 months ago (Flag)

I don't know if we will be back in Carlsbad this year, as Ed's mother, who lived in Carlsbad, passed away. I still have friends in Encinitas, and it would be nice to see them, but I don't know if that will happen.

Posted by susanhewitt 10 months ago (Flag)

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