Diptera (weed bioagents)

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Eurosta solidaginis adult (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: USDA Forest Service - Ogden Archive, USDA Forest Service - IPM Images

Diptera (weed bioagents)

The order of Diptera contains various species which are specialized on certain weeds and are considered important biological control agents. Some of these have been deliberately introduced into countries to help suppress invasive plants, for example the knapweed seed head fly, Urophora quadrifasciata, or the goldenrod ball gallmaker, Eurosta solidaginis, both Tephritidae.

This page refers to biological control agents only, for other groups of Diptera see:

The following families of Diptera containing weed bioagents have been entered into the system: