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Cabbage Root Fly - ♀
Cabbage Root Fly – ♀
Delia radicum, Anthomyiidae
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
February 8, 2014

I took some time between bioassays to take some photos of another of my study organisms the Cabbage Root Fly. This fly is an important pest of cultivated brassicaceous crops in both Europe and North America. Females oviposit around the base of the plant and the larva develop in the soil feeding on the roots causing significant damage to their host. The vision of the Cabbage Root Maggot has been studied by the likes of S. Finch and R. J. Prokopy leading to a good understanding of how visual cues affect their host plant selection.

  • Sean McCann February 9, 2014, 8:48 am

    Nice shot! This would be a good one to sell to a pest control company!


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