Photo 1. Adult coconut leafminer, Promecotheca species. Note the fine lines where the insects have fed.
Photo 2. Large areas of decay on coconut leaflets after the leaves have been attacked by the coconut leafminer, Promecotheca species.
Photo 4. Extensive leaf decay in a plantation attacked by the coconut leafminer, Promecotheca species.
Coconut leafminer, coconut leaf hispid
Promecotheca species. Several species are recorded from Oceania. Promecotheca caerulipennis has a wide distribution among Pacific island countries. Promecotheca opacicollis has been identified as the species in Solomon Islands.
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
1Information from Swaine G (1971) Agricultural Zoology in Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London; and FW Howard et al. (2001) Insects on palms. CABI Publishing, UK; and from Atumurirava F et al. Coconut leaf miner technical versus social analysis survey report ( (21-25 June 2010). Lata, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands. Photos 1&2,4,5 Jean-Pierre Labouisse, CIRAD, Montpellier, France. Photo 3 Henderson RC, Crosby TK (2012) Fiji Coconut Hispid (Promecotheca caerulipennis) PaDIL - (http://www.padil.gov.au).
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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