Phytomyptera zonella & minutissima

These were both discovered by Ivan Perry. Both species are very rare at the time of writing – minutissima coming from the west of England and zonella from the south. Coincidentally, I caught a P.zonella a few days after Ivan caught his but at a different locality. The species can be split here:

Key to the genus Phytomyptera

(excluding P. nigrina, which keys out in the main key).

1. Hind tibia with 3 dorsal apical spurs. 3 dc before the suture. Fore tibia with 3 – 4 ad … zonella Zett.

–   Hind tibia with 2 apical spurs (the pd apical spur missing or very short). 2 dc before the suture. Fore tibia with 1 – 2 ad …………………………………………………… 2

2. Vein-M bending forwards towards the costa [vein M after the bend is also sinuous and fades in colour noticeably]……………………………………………………………. minutissima (Zett.)

–   Vein-M continuing in a straight line towards the wing edge …………………. cingulata (R‑D.)

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