March flies

March flies

March flies usually live on dead organic matter, but can infest many crops, such as cereals, beets, potatoes.

Scientific name: Bibio hortulanus
Greek name: Προνύμφες Bibionidae

Damage

Eat holes on seed and seedlings lead to empty plant spot in the field. Eat holes on plant roots result in wilting and dying of plants. In beets and potatoes, they can dig deep holes.

Pest

The larvae are about 16 mm long and greyish brown in color. The head is relatively small and they have no legs. They have spiny projections on various parts of the body.

The adults (flies) are 8-10 mm long, black in color and have dense hairs. The thorax and abdomen are reddish.

Note

Their appearance in the fields is sporadic.

Source

www.bayercropscience.gr
Bibio hortulanus
Bibionidae

Tags: BEETROOTBEETROOTSPLANTS ENEMYPOTATOPOTATOES

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