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Strawberry

Insects and Mites

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  • Aphids
  • Cyclamen mites
  • Whitefly
  • Western flower thrips
  • Vinegar fly

Look for these pest problems during routine monitoring and harvest operations. Flag locations with problems so you can follow up with more monitoring or control action.

Names link to more information on identification and biology.

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Aphid adult and nymphs
Aphids adult and nymphs
Identification tip: Small, green insects on undersides of leaves; slow moving if disturbed.

Aphid damage
Aphid damage
Identification tip: Black sooty mold on foliage; small, white cast skins of aphids may be present.

Cyclamen mite adults and eggs
Cyclamen mite adults and eggs
Identification tip: Invisible to naked eye. With 20X hand lens teardrop shaped; tiny legs toward one end; eggs oblong.

Cyclamen mite damage
Cyclamen mite damage
Identification tip: Stunting and distortion of new leaves; compact mass of crinkled leaves in center of plant.

Whitefly damage
Whitefly adults, eggs, empty pupal case (link to PMG)
Identification tip: Tiny, white insects on undersides of leaves; fly readily when disturbed.

Whitefly nymphs, empty pupal cases
Whitefly nymphs, empty pupal cases
Identification tip: Tiny, flattened insects on undersides of leaves; immobile.

Whitefly damage
Whitefly damage
Identification tip: Black sooty mold on foliage.

 

After Bloom Begins

Western flower thrips adult
Western flower thrips adult
Identification tip: Tiny, slender insects; yellow to black; more often found in blossoms; move readily or fly when disturbed.

Western flower thrips nymphs
Western flower thrips nymphs
Identification tip: Immatures slender; white or yellow; move readily.

Late in Harvest Season

Vinegar fly larvae
Vinegar fly larvae (link to PMG)
Identification tip: Small, white maggots in ripe or rotting fruit.

Vinegar fly adult
Vinegar fly adult
Identification tip: Small, yellow-brown flies; found around ripe and decaying fruit.

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