Carrot rust fly

Carrot rust fly

Photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, United States,

  • Found in Europe, Canada, USA, New Zealand
  • Attacks carrots, parsnips, celery and parsley
  • Adult fly (6-8 mm in length) has a black body, reddish head, yellow legs and transparent wings
  • Damage caused by larvae, which are up to 1 cm in length and have a white-yellow cylindrical body without a distinctive head
  • Plant symptoms include irregular brown channels under the root surface, root deformation, leaf discolouration, reduction in plant growth and occasionally plant death
  • Larvae spread in soil and infested produce

High priority pest of: Vegetables

Scientific name: Psila rosae
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Flies & Midges (DIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol