Bradysia odoriphaga

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Bradysia odoriphaga (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Fengyong Jia, Beijing Plant Protection Station
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Bradysia odoriphaga Yang & Zhang, 1985 - (chive gnat, chive maggot)

This gnat is a pest of Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum) in eastern Asia. It is mainly a problem in chive fields of northern China. The larvae live in the soil and bore into to the bulbs. The damage can be substantial and result in plant death and yield losses of up to 50%.

Apart from Allium species, B. odoriphaga can also attack crops like cabbage, radish, melon, celery, flowers or mushrooms. The insect has about six generations per year. Adults are nonfeeding and have a short life span.