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Onion maggot
Delia antiqua

  • Holes in bulbs are present
  • Plants yellow and wilt, sometimes rapidly
  • Maggots may be present; they are carrot-shaped, legless, and cream colored
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  • Image: Wireworms 1
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Agriotus spp., Melanotus spp.

  • Tunneling and holes in roots
  • Leaves show no damage
  • Larvae are thin, shiny, jointed, yellow to reddish-brown color, and approximately ¼ - 1 ½ inch long
  • More common in gardens that were previously in grass or sod
  • Larvae can be found throughout the growing season
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