An adult bean seed fly, Delia platura (Meigen), on a flower. Photograph by Leon Higley.
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The bean seed fly or seedcorn maggot, Delia platura (Meigen), is a small dipterous insect of the family Anthomyiidae (Valenciano et al. 2004). It is a sporadic pest with cosmopolitan distribution, (Higley and Pedigo 1984) on germinating seeds of many agronomic plants (Funderburk et al. 1984, Higley and Pedigo 1984). This fly is nearly identical to the cabbage maggot fly (Delia radicum) and the onion maggot fly (Delia antiqua), but it becomes active earlier.
Authors: Harsimran Kaur Gill, Gaurav Goyal, and Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida