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Chaetorellia acrolophi
Biological agent type
seed head fly
 
Plant species attacked
spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa)
 
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Chaetorellia acrolophi adult
adult female
Chaetorellia acrolophi adult
adult male
 
Images by Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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Site of attack
flowerhead
 
Mode of attack
Larvae tunnel through the seed head destroying seeds. 
 
Destructive stage
Larval-internal.
 
Collection and release information
This bio-agent is limited in numbers in Oregon. Consult with ODA for availability for your area.
 
History in Oregon
The seed head fly Chaetorellia acrolophi was first released in small numbers in Hood River, Lane, and Deschutes Counties in 1993. In 1994, they were released a second time in Hood River and Deschutes Counties. The fly is becoming more abundant in the Hood River area and below Cougar Reservoir in Lane County. It also known to attack diffuse knapweed.
 
Release status in Oregon
 
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