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David Brown examining the holly leaf miner

David Brown examining the holly leaf miner

Finding the species is just the first hurdle. Identifying the species can prove more difficult! We joined David Brown in the struggle to ID a holly leaf miner. There was confusion as to whether subspecies are recognised in the UK.

After much research and head scratching, the answer was given by the Natural History Museum which led to our miner being identified simply as Phytomyza ilicis as no subspecies are found in the UK. Unfortunately this only adds one to our total tally!

Holly leaf with miner

Holly leaf with miner

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Photos of the highly invasive Himalayan balsam (Impatiens balsamifera) as requested by Jo from Canada…

Himalayan balsam in foreground dominating the native vegetation

Himalayan balsam in foreground dominating the native vegetation

Native foxglove undersiege

Native foxglove under siege

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