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Urophora solstitialis
Biological agent type
Seed head fly.
 
Plant species attacked
musk thistle (Carduus nutans)
 
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Urophora solstitialis adult
Images by Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture.
 
 
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Site of attack
Flowerhead
 
Mode of attack
The larvae cause galls in the seed heads that interfere with seed production and dissemination.
 
Destructive stage
Larval-internal.
 
Collection and release information
Agents have not been recovered at release sites and are not available at this time. 
 
History in Oregon
The seed head fly Urophora solstitialis was released in 1999 in Klamath and Malheur Counties and has not been recovered.
 
Release status in Oregon
 
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