Serpentine Leafminer

Liriomyza brassicae

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Leafminers form tunnels by burrowing in the leaf between the epidermal layers consuming the green tissue as they go. Irregular grayish-green tracks remain in the leaves. In severe cases, the leaves may cease to function and abscise. The adult insect is a small, yellow-bodied fly about 1/8 inch in length. The larvae are small (about 1/8 inch long) white maggots.

Consult the Vegetable IPM Web Site for recommended controls of this pest.

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