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Subject: Pigeonpea pod fly, Melanagromyza obtusa (Malloch) (Diptera: Agromyzidae), found in Florida
Date posted: January 09, 2004
Source: University of Florida Pest Alert
Melanagromyza obtusa (Malloch) (Diptera: Agromyzidae), the pigeonpea pod fly, was recently discovered for the first time in the continental United States in Miami, Florida. The fly is native to Asia but recently became established in the Caribbean, demonstrating the fly’s ability to move and establish if suitable hosts and climate are present. The primary host for M. obtusa is pigeonpea (Cajanus cajun) however unconfirmed alternate hosts include Phaseolus spp. (bean) and Vigna spp. (cow pea).

For the full story see:
http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/PestAlert/pigeon_pea_pod_fly.htm

For more information regarding M. obtusa see the following:
PAS Pest Alert: Melanagromyza obtusa (Malloch)
PAS News Story 05/27/03
http://www.ceris.purdue.edu/napis/states/pr/news/fr030121-ppeas.txt
http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2003/May/Day-23/i12991.htm

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