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Pests in barley

Saddle gall midge eggs on wheat Dewar crop protection 750x499

Saddle gall midge

The saddle gall midge is approx 5mm in length (females are larger) and red in colour.  The females can lay up to 250 blood-red eggs on the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves of cereal and grass plants.   Eggs hatch to reveal white or light orange larvae within 1-2 weeks.  Read more here.

cereal leaf with beetle

Cereal leaf beetle

Overwintering adults appear any time from April and from mid summer lay orange coloured eggs on the upper leaves of host plants.  Ten days later, the larvae emerge and begin feasting on the plant.   Read more here.

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