Ecology of the Agromyzidae (Diptera) associated with leguminous crops in India.
The results are summarised of investigations lasting 5 years on agromyzids that infest leguminous crops in India. In an introductory chapter, the characters of taxonomic importance of the adults, larvae and pupae of agromyzids are reviewed, and the types of mines caused by the larvae are classified. In a further chapter, the areas of India surveyed are listed and the climatic zones of Uttar Pradesh are described. A list of 22 crops that were examined is presented under the headings of pulses, beans, vegetable crops, fodder and green manure, and oil seeds and dyes, and the nature of the damage (if any) caused to each of these is summarised. Notes are provided on 5 of these plants on which no agromyzid attack was found in India, and on a further 8 on which infestation was insignificant. The remaining chapter deals at length with the food-plants, biology, injuriousness and parasites of Ophiomyia phaseoli (Tryon), Melanagromyza sojae (Zhnt.), M. obtusa (Mall.), Phytomyza horticola Goureau (Chromatomyia horticola) and Liriomyza brassicae (Ril.).