Photo 2. Curly-top symptom on basil caused by large numbers of aphids feeding on the underside of young leaves.
Photo 3. Crazy ants tending aphids for their honeydew. The ants keep predators and parasitoids away and defend the aphids from their natural enemies. Winged aphids can be seen in the lower part of the photo.
Photo 4. Ladybird beetles feeding on aphids on maize. The yellow "worm-like" creature in the centre is a syrphid larva - the adults are hoverflies.
Photo 7. Syrphid larvae feeding on large numbers of aphids on maize. They are the larvae of hoverflies
Melon or cotton aphid. There are many aphids attacking a wide range of crops; Aphis gossypii, described here, is common in Pacific island countries.
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Information from Waterhouse DE (1998) Biological control of Insects: Southeast Asian Prospects. ACIAR Monograph no. 51, 548pp. Photo 6 Graham Teakle. Canberra, Australia. Photo 8 Caroline Smith. University of Tasmania, Australia.
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 for the Pacific Community.
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