New Swede Midge Pest Profile

August 30, 2017

Swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii, (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) is a pest of plants in the Brassicaceae family, including the Cruciferous vegetable crops broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, and cauliflower. In addition to vegetable crops, the midge will attack canola. Non--crop host plants include wild mustard, shepherd’s-purse, wild radish, field pennycress and yellow rocket. Native to Europe, it was first detected in North America in Toronto, Canada, in 2000. It spread to New York in 2004, and was recently found in Minnesota in 2016. View the Swede Midge Pest Profile here.

Swede midge larvae up close