|American Serpentine Leafminer|
Liriomyza trifolii is a Pest of greenhouses and warm climates, though it may seasonally escape in cooler climates. It is a Leaf Miner of many cultivated and weedy species.
A small yellow fly as an adult, a leaf-mining maggot as a larva.
Symptoms and Signs
Mining of leaves, eventually causing leaf drop.
This insect has been spreading throughout the world over the past decades, believed to be transported on florist's materials.
- Allium (Onion)
- Apium (Celery)
- Benincasa (Wax Gourd)
- Capsicum (Pepper)
- Erechtites (Pilewort)
- Gypsophila (Baby's Breath)
- Lactuca (Lettuce)
- Lagenaria (Hyotan)
- Phaseolus (Bean)
- Spinacia (Spinach)
- Cultural controls: Control weed hosts
- Physical removal: Rogue out infested plants, dispose of infested materials quickly
- Pesticides: Cyromazine, Abamectin
- Predators and parasites: Parasitic Wasps and Ants