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Clinodiplosis capsici (Won)

Pepper midge




  • Tropical insect attacking chillies and peppers. Belongs to the order Diptera and the family Cecidomyia.
  • The adult is a small fly.
  • The beige colored larva measures about 2.5 mm.
  • Observed in the open field as well as under shelters.


  • Sensitive botanical family (s)


  • Affected production areas :
Guyana Guadeloupe


  • Organs attacked
Leaves Flowers Rod


Symptoms, damage

  • Symptoms :
    • Galls more or less rounded on leaves, stems and at the base of flowers.
    • Rather prickly galls on the stem at the start of the attack.
  • Signs : Presence of a single larva inside each gall if cut.
  • Possible confusion :


  • Development cycle : The larva grows entirely inside the gall, with 3 successive larval stages. Pupation also takes place in the gall. The pupa makes a hole which allows the adult insect to emerge.
  • Dispersal : The winged adults allow the dispersal of the pest.


  • Weed the crop and its surroundings.
  • Produce the seedlings in an nursery insect-proof .
  • Check the sanitary quality of the plants before and during their introduction into the crop or shelter.
  • Install  canvases  insect-proof in nurseries and at shelter openings when weather conditions allow.
Last change : 04/28/22
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