Photo 1. Adult rose beetle, Adoretus versutus, about 12 mm long, brown and covered in brown-red hairs.
Photo 5. Yam, Dioscorea alata, with typical damage from rose beetle, Adoretus versutus. The younger, presumably softer, leaves are eaten in preference.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Waterhouse DF, Norris KR (1987) Biological Control Pacific Prospects. Inkata Press. Melbourne. Photo 1&2 Gerald McCormack, Cook Islands Biodiversity & Natural Heritage (http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/). Photo 3&4 Walker K (2007) Adoretus versutus. PaDIL - (https://www.padil.gov.au). Photo 5 Richard Markham, ACIAR, Canberra.
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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