WSU Extension


Rose : Rose midge
(revision date: 4/4/2022)

The rose midge is a tiny yellow-brown or reddish fly that lays its eggs in newly developing bud and shoot tips. The hatching maggots feed on the growing tips. New buds and shoots are deformed and killed and the dead tissues turn brown or black. Abnormal flower development from damaged buds may also be seen.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Prune and destroy infested tips.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

Cut out and destroy infested tips. Repeat at 10-day intervals for as long as needed.

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Caption: Rose midge damage
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli