Larval and Adult Taxonomy of Kodomillet Shoot Fly Atherigona simplex (Thomson) (Diptera: Muscidae)


  • Entomologist and PI, PC unit, ICAR-AICRP on Small millets, UAS, GKVK, Bangalore
  • Senior Research Fellow, DST-Project on Systematics of Shoot flies of India, ICAR-AICRP on Small millets, UAS, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Department of Entomology, UAS, GKVK, Bangalore
  • Senior Research Fellow, DST-Project on Systematics of Shoot flies of India, ICAR-AICRP on Small millets, UAS, Bangalore, Karnataka



kodomillet, Atherigona simplex, maggot, adult, taxonomy


The present study provides a detailed taxonomic note on both adult and maggot stages of Atherigona simplex. The adult males are mainly identified with the genitalia characters i.e., the hypopygial prominence with a characteristic deep notch at the middle; trifoliate process with median piece and lateral plates yellow on basal half and dark brown in apical half. The maggots are identified based on the characters of cephalopharyngeal skeleton, number of digitations in anterior spiracles and shape of the posterior spiracles. Here, the detailed morphology of first, second and third instar maggots is described and illustrated for the first time.


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Ganiger, P., ., M., Madigar, Y. R., & R, A. (2023). Larval and Adult Taxonomy of Kodomillet Shoot Fly <i>Atherigona simplex</i> (Thomson) (Diptera: Muscidae). Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 123(2S), 245–252.


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