Photo 1. Extensive damage on leaves of bele by Nisotra basselae, such that growers in many parts of Solomon Islands have abandoned its cultivation.
There is no common name, but bele flea beetle, Abelmoschus flea beetle, aibika flea beetle sliperi kabis flea beetle would all be suitable.
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Information (and Diagram) supplied by Maclean Vagalo, Entomologist, SPC, and Chris Reid, Principal Research Scientist, Entomology, Australian Museum, Sydney.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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