Description and identification of white grubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) attacking pineapple crops in South Africa

Smith, T.J. and Petty, G. and Villet, M.H. (1995) Description and identification of white grubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) attacking pineapple crops in South Africa. African Entomology, 3 . pp. 153-166. ISSN 1021-3589

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Abstract

Larvae of five species of scarabaeid beetles, Asthenopholis subfasciata Blanchard, Trochalus politus Moser, Macrophylla ciliata Herbst, Congela valida Peringuey and Adoretus ictericus Burmeister, and adults of a sixth species, Heteronychus arator (Fabricius), cause considerable economic damage to the root systems of pineapple plants. The biologies of the species differ, making reliable identification essential. Since no convenient method is available to identify them, both field and laboratory keys are provided for the identification of third instar larvae of the six species, and detailed, illustrated descriptions for confirming their identifications

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:larvae, pests, pineapples, systematics, agriculture
Subjects:Q Science > QL Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
ID Code:1954
Deposited By: Prof Martin Villet
Deposited On:14 May 2012 13:59
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