One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very small black fly whose larvae are a serious pest of cereal crops and maize.
Oscinella frit, family Chloropidae
- ‘Adult frit flies are black with small yellow markings on the legs.’
- ‘Autumn sown grass is occasionally attacked by the stem-boring maggots of frit flies.’
- ‘There are several species of frit flies that attack turf grasses and most of these are found throughout the United States.’
- ‘My eye gnats could have been any one of a number of tiny insects called frit flies, most of which live in moist grassy areas.’
- ‘Some pests for which such prognoses are made regularly are birdcherry aphids, frit flies and eyespot in cereals and sclerotinia disease in spring oilseeds.’
- ‘If you want to assess the likely frit fly situation on your farm then you can download a frit fly Risk Assessment Chart by clicking the frit fly link below.’
- ‘The former curator is working on the ecology and systematics of leaf miner flies and frit flies which develop in plant tissue.’
- ‘Injuries caused by frit fly larvae were satisfactorily controlled with insecticides applied as a seed dressing.’
- ‘In established grasses the normal result of frit fly attack is the loss of tillers which can be replaced.’
- ‘Insecticide treatment may be applied together with fungicide treatment, which protects corn against frit flies, bluebottle files and corn smut.’
- ‘The development of this species is longer than that of the oat frit fly and occasionally, there is no generation on the ears.’
- ‘Larval frit flies can be a serious pest of bentgrass, because their feeding causes yellowing and death of the central leaf.’
Late 19th century: from Latin frit ‘particle on an ear of corn’.
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