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Fleahopper, Garden (Halticus bractatus)

Order: Hemiptera; Family: Miridaegardenfleahopper.gif (42504 bytes)

Description: Adults, winged forms are up to 1/8" (3 mm) and have large hind legs for jumping. Males are winged and dark and elongated. Females have non-functional wings. Nymphs, like female but smaller.

Life Cycle:

Hosts/Damage: Suck plant sap leaving irregular blotchy areas on upper leaf surface of host.

Controls:

Cultural - None.

Biological - None

Chemical - None recommended but sprays may be available at your nursery or hardware store. Follow label instructions carefully to avoid injury to your plant, yourself, your pets or the environment.


Fly, Fruit (Various)

Order: Diptera; Family: Tephritidae

Description: Adult are often brightly colored with patterned wings. Larva is white and legless.

Life Cycle: 1 generation per year. Adult lays eggs under skin of fruit or nuts. Larvae burrow into fruit or nut and eat until they hatch when they drop to the ground and pupate in the soil.

Hosts/Damage: Larvae (maggots) feed on fruit or nuts.

Controls:

Cultural - Yellow, red or green sticky traps (depending on the species) catch many of the adults. Store picked fruit or nuts in sealed containers or refrigerator. They can also be vacuumed up.

Biological - Beneficial nematodes attack larvae and pupae (e.g. Biosafe).

Chemical - Various other sprays and baits may be available at your nursery or hardware store. Follow label instructions carefully to avoid injury to your plant, yourself, your pets or the environment.


Fly, March (Bibio sp.)

Order: Diptera; Family: Bibionidae

Description: Adults are 3/8" (10 mm) and have a black dot on each wing at the front and have long hanging legs.

Life Cycle:

1 generation per year. Adults appear in great numbers in March and/or April and tend to congregate around blossoms of trees.

Hosts/Damage: Larvae (maggots) feed on decaying organic matter in marshy areas.Adults can't eat and don't bite.

Controls:

Cultural - None.

Biological - None

Chemical - None recommended but sprays may be available at your nursery or hardware store. Follow label instructions carefully to avoid injury to your plant, yourself, your pets or the environment.


Last edited: 07/10/98 01:23 AM

 

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