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Flower Flies (Syrphidae) and Other Biological Control Agents for Aphids in Vegetable Crops

  • Author(s): Bugg, Robert L
  • Colfer, Ramy G
  • Chaney, William E
  • Smith, Hugh A
  • Cannon, James
  • et al.

Flower flies (also known as syrphids or hoverflies) are effective predators against aphids in California vegetable fields. Learn to recognize these aphid eaters and encourage them to help with your pest management. This publication describes syrphid flies and other natural enemies of aphids. It includes color photographs of the syrphid adults and larvae commonly seen in California vegetable crops.

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