On 17 June 2022, Serpentine leafminer (also known as Pea leafminer) Liriomyza huidobrensis was found infesting a vegetable farm in Werribee, Victoria.

Agriculture Victoria will not be mounting a response to delimit the current distribution of the pest due to serpentine leafminer already being present in Queensland and New South Wales.

Serpentine leafminer is an exotic leafminer species from the Agromyzidae family that poses a significant economic threat to Australia’s horticulture and nursery production plant industries.

It has a wide host range of plant species which includes broccoli, beet, spinach, peas, beans, potatoes and cut flowers. It also has a number of weed hosts.

Click here to view our fact sheet on serpentine leafminer.