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By Doug Phillips
Blueberry Extension Coordinator
  • Writer's pictureDoug Phillips

Blueberry Maggot, Rhagoletis mendax Curran

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

G. J. Steck and J. A. Payne


The blueberry maggot, Rhagoletis mendax Curran, is an important pest of commercially-grown blueberries (Marucci 1966). Since first reported in 1914 in Maine and New Hampshire, the blueberry maggot has damaged crops primarily in northeastern and north central United States and Canada (Milholland and Meyer 1984). The blueberry maggot was discovered in 1991 at high infestation levels in several commercial plantings in northeast Georgia (Stephens and Habersham Cos.) and in 1992 in extreme southern Alabama (Escambia Co.) (Payne et al. 1993). Very low levels of infested fruit were detected also in southeastern Georgia Counties (Bacon and Clinch) in 1992. Where blueberry production continues to expand in the southeastern United States, this pest is likely to become more apparent.



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