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Leaf miner

Description:

A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in and eats the leaf tissue of plants, electively eating only the layers that have the least amount of cellulose. The precise pattern formed by the feeding tunnel is very often diagnostic for which kind of insect is responsible. Some patterns of leaf variegation are part of a defense strategy employed by plants to deceive adult leaf miners into thinking that the leaf has already been preyed-upon.

Habitat:

lives in and eats the leaf tissue of plants. The mine often contains frass, or droppings, and the pattern of frass deposition, mine shape and host plant identity are useful to determine the species of leaf miner

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6 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

You're welcome!

tibiprada
tibiprada 8 years ago

Thanks, Chief RedEarth.
credits to ceherzog :[)

tibiprada
tibiprada 8 years ago

Thanks, S Frazier !

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Hello. I moved this spotting to Arthropods :-)

tibiprada
tibiprada 8 years ago

That was awesome ( ID) . Thanks again, ceherzog !

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

The squiggles in the leaf are Leaf Miner. Looks like a wild grape vine.

tibiprada
Spotted by
tibiprada

Miami, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 4, 2012
Submitted on Aug 5, 2012

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