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Gladiolus Fly

Epimadiza hirta

Gladiolus Fly

A female Gladiolus Fly lays her eggs on the calyx of flowers. Upon hatching, larvae burrow into the developing buds. In some cases, they bore into the stems of flowers, making their way to the bulb. Their activity in the plant can lead to secondary infections, causing rot. Its thought older plants can tolerate damage, with only the very top flowers being damaged.
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These flies are a major pest of Gladiolus flowers.


The adults look like small black flies, with long legs, measuring between 2-3mm.












Biological treatment

It's challenging to prevent infestations by these flies. Younger plants tend to be damaged most, so planting more established plants can help if an attack is experienced.

Chemical treatment

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These flies are highly attracted to Gladiolus plants, which they need to survive.
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