A very small black fly whose larvae are a serious pest of cereal crops and maize.
- Oscinella frit, family Chloropidae.
- In established grasses the normal result of frit fly attack is the loss of tillers which can be replaced.
- Adult frit flies are black with small yellow markings on the legs.
- Injuries caused by frit fly larvae were satisfactorily controlled with insecticides applied as a seed dressing.
Late 19th century: from Latin frit 'particle on an ear of corn'.
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