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Garden Symphilid

Key Points:

  1. Garden Symphilids are small, white, soft-bodied "centipede-like" animals, 3-7 mm long with 12 pairs of legs and a pair of antennae

  2. The garden symphilid has recently caused problems in Victorian asparagus crops

  3. The pest only appear to be a problem in dry years when they move from other hosts to the asparagus crowns deeper in the soil.

  4. Symphilids feed on sprouting seeds and underground stems of seedlings, weakening or killing plants

  5. Infested areas are usually confined to small patches of a field where the crop appears stunted or has been lost

  6. Because symphilids can retreat deep into the soil, chemical treatments may simply act as repellents

Matters of Facts #10 Garden Symphylid, November 2003
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