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leaf miner

n.
Any of numerous insects, especially moths and flies, that in the larval stage burrow into and feed on the internal tissue of leaves.

leaf miner

n
1. (Animals) any of various insect larvae that bore into and feed on leaf tissue, esp the larva of dipterous flies of the genus Philophylla (family Trypetidae) and the caterpillar of moths of the family Gracillariidae
2. (Animals) the adult insect of any of these larvae

leaf′ min`er


n.
any of various insect larvae, including small caterpillars, that tunnel into leaves and stems, leaving winding trails or broad blotches of pale tissue.
[1820–30]
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Noun1.leaf miner - any of various small moths or dipterous flies whose larvae burrow into and feed on leaf tissue especially of the family Gracilariidaeleaf miner - any of various small moths or dipterous flies whose larvae burrow into and feed on leaf tissue especially of the family Gracilariidae
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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Parasitoid adults emerged after drilling the adaxial surface of the mine, and from each leaf mine up to seven parasitoids emerged (Mean = 1.
The leaf mine was formed initially as a broad linear-serpentine which eventually broadened more to a linear blotch, and finally a full blotch.
Once established, larvae remain inside the leaf mine, which they gradually expand until late September, when they exit to pupate beneath the tree until spring (Mopper et al.
A leaf mine was categorized as living if the larva was moving when the mine was backlighted in the laboratory.
In general, the shape and design of a leaf mine depends on both the feeding morphology and behavior of the species, as well as, the leaf morphology of the host plant (Needham et al.