Peppers, Cucumbers, eggplants affected by some kind of shiny green flies

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Peppers, Cucumbers, eggplants affected by some kind of shiny green flies

Post by Chand » Wed, 15 May 2002 13:49:59



Hello,
I am new to the world of gardening, especially organic. (I am from
Texas). I need some urgent help.
Problem:
There are a bunch of shiny green colored flies (that look like
houseflies and are of the same size) that seem to be hovering around
my 4-5" tall peppers, eggplants and cucumbers (tomatoes do not seem to
be affected). These leaves have holes and are all curled up(from lost
sap, I presume) and finally falling off. I suspect these flies are
causing it.

What I have done so far:
I have taken a dead fly to home depot (got multiple answers) etc.,
searched around on the internet. Read the Vegetable Gardener's bible
for ideas.
Tried hot peppers+garlic+oil spray, lime-orange spray a couple of days
ago, but they still seem to be around.

I am at a loss.  Does anyone have a clue as to what these insects are?
What should I do?
I would prefer not to use a synthetic pesticide, but may have to try
it...
Help!

Thanks
Chandra

 
 
 

Peppers, Cucumbers, eggplants affected by some kind of shiny green flies

Post by Dave Gree » Wed, 15 May 2002 20:20:14



Quote:
> Problem:
> There are a bunch of shiny green colored flies (that look like
> houseflies and are of the same size) that seem to be hovering around
> my 4-5" tall peppers, eggplants and cucumbers (tomatoes do not seem to
> be affected). These leaves have holes and are all curled up(from lost
> sap, I presume) and finally falling off. I suspect these flies are
> causing it.

    Without seeing them, I am just guessing here, but don't be too quick to
use poisons. You don't want to kill your friends.

   They may be syrphid flies, which are laying eggs. When the eggs hatch,
they eat aphids.  There are many species of syrphid flies and many of these
are brightly colored in a variety of sizes and shapes. They are your
friends. Run a Google search for syrphid flies for more info.

--
Dave Green   SC  USA
The Pollination Home Page (Now searchable): http://pollinator.com

 
 
 

Peppers, Cucumbers, eggplants affected by some kind of shiny green flies

Post by BeeCroft » Wed, 15 May 2002 21:58:28


Shot holes in the leaves especially eggplant are a symptom of flea beetle
problems.
Most of your damage occurs after dark , put a few pans of water under your
plants in the evening with a drop of dish soap inthe water.
At night or next morning go out and see what insects you find trapped in the
water.