Tiny pest could be grain industry threat

Shannon Beattie
Updated July 30 2021 - 4:20pm, first published July 28 2021 - 8:00am
American serpentine leafminer adult flies are one to two millimetres in size, grey-black in colour and distinguished by a prominent yellow area at the base of the wings. Damage from the pest can be identified by twisting white patterns on the leaf surface.
American serpentine leafminer adult flies are one to two millimetres in size, grey-black in colour and distinguished by a prominent yellow area at the base of the wings. Damage from the pest can be identified by twisting white patterns on the leaf surface.

THE invasive exotic pest American serpentine leafminer (ASLM) has been found in northern Western Australia, causing concern for farmers and relevant industry bodies.

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Shannon Beattie

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