Photo 1. Mines and adjacent damage along veins covering most of the leaves of bele caused by the bele leaf miner, Acrocercops sp.
There is no common name. Here it is called bele leafminer.
Acrocercops panall, a member of the Gracillariidae family. Acrocercops cathedrae is recorded from Papua New Guinea1.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson and Mani Mua
1Preston SR (1998) Aibika/Bele. Abelmoschus manihot (L.) Medik. Promoting the conservation and use of underutilized and neglected crops. 24. Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben/International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome; and 2Swaine G (1971) Agricultural Zoology in Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London, HMSO.
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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