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Shore flies (scatella)

These small flies are often mistaken for Fungus Gnats, though their body is more squat and their wings are folded one upon the other. They can multiply very rapidly.

Though they feed only on plant debris and scum they are dangerous, in that they can carry certain disease organisms such as Fusarium.

Chemical control is difficult because the individuals are so mobile. It works best on the larval stage.


  • Shore flies : indirect damage to cyclamen
  • Body features
  • Indirect damage
  • Countermeasures
  • Manual removal


This advice sheet is based on the methods used at the SCEA at Montourey (Fréjus, France). These procedures may need some modification to adapt them to other climatic situations. Before starting to grow cyclamen there needs to be a review of precautions against pests and diseases.   We must point out that our advice and suggestions are offered for information purposes and therefore cannot include any guarantee of specific results; it is a good idea to carry out trials beforehand.


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