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Pear fruitlet gall midge


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Symptoms

Infested pear fruitlets grow and swell more rapidly than normal fruits initially. However, a few weeks after petal fall in mid May/June they blacken and then fall from the tree. Pears that flower in mid-summer are more susceptible to attack.

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Small cocooms can be found overwinter in the soil. The adult midges are tiny flies, up to 4 mm long, that emerge in April/May to lay eggs in unopened flower buds. The small yellow larvae, up to 4 mm long, develop inside the fruitlets and feed for about a month. They leave the fruitlets in early summer and crawl back into the soil.

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