Pests in oats
Cereal leaf beetle
Both the grubs and the adult beetles feed on the veins on the upper leaves of the cereal or grass plant, stripping out the chlorophyll and leaving a 'window' like transparent patch along the leaf. They are a common pest amongst cereals in general, particularly oats. Read more here.
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. Read more here.
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