John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna | 12/15/2011 2:20:46 AM
South American Rice Miner (SARM) - Hydrellia wirthi (Korytkowski)
The South American rice miner (SARM) is an invasive insect pest of rice in the United States. SARM is a close relative of the rice leaf miner.
Current SARM distribution places this insect across the most important rice areas of Louisiana and Texas. Larvae are small, white or yellowish legless maggots of approximately ¼ inch in length.
Injury is caused by the larva or maggot, which causes large, elongated lesions along the margins of emerging leaves. Affected seedling plants are killed or their growth is severely retarded.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture