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Finally, a leaf mine where I’ve actually seen the adult – in this case, a fly rather than a moth – and not the specific adult that laid the eggs that hatched into the larvae that made these particular leaf mines, but rather adult flies seen on other occasions. And very pretty little flies they are too!

201221 Euleia heraclei (1)

These are Euleia heraclei, also known as Celery flies or Celery leaf flies because one of the plants their larvae feed on is Celery. Other plants include Parsley, Hogweed, Angelica, Lovage, Wild parsnip and, the plant I found these leaf mines on, Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum). In the photos below, the fly on the left is the male, the one on the right the female.

According to the Nature Spot website, the adult flies are usually seen between April and November, and the British Leafminers website says that the larval mines can be seen throughout summer and into early autumn, though one of my photos below was taken as recently as 27 November and the larva is clearly visible so perhaps they have a longer season when the weather conditions are mild.