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Know your crop pests: cotton stainer

Cotton stainers resemble assassin bugs and may be up to 2cm in length, with males being smaller than females.

Know your crop pests: The mole cricket

Many pests are easily spotted or leave evidence of their presence, enabling us to identify and deal with them. Pests such as the mole cricket, however, are more difficult to track down.

Know your crop pests: The mole cricket

Many pests are easily spotted or leave evidence of their presence, enabling us to identify and deal with them. Pests such as the mole cricket, however, are more difficult to track down.

Know your crop pests: Locust

Not for nothing do we speak of a ‘plague’ of locusts – these pests can destroy crops in an entire region and swarms can survive for years.

Know your crop pests: Mealybug

Scientific name: More than 120 species have been identified in South Africa alone. Family: Pseudococcidae Distribution: Worldwide

Know your crop pests: False codling moth

The false codling moth is a major pest of citrus and other commercial fruit in South Africa, causing a substantial financial loss every year.

Know your crop pests: Leaf miner

‘Leaf miner’ is a generic name used to describe the larvae of a number of insect species such as moths, sawflies, flies, beetles and some wasps.

Know your crop pests: Citrus swallowtail

This is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 8cm (females are slightly bigger than males).

Know your crop pests: Red scale

Red scale, a sap-sucking insect, is one of the most disruptive pests in the citrus industry.

Know your crop pests: Leafhoppers

Leafhoppers are small (less than 1cm in length), slender-bodied insects with pointed, wedge-shaped heads and large eyes.

Know your crop pests: Black citrus aphid

The black citrus aphid is a pear-shaped aphid about 2mm long.

Know your crop pests: Cabbage looper

The cabbage looper is typically mottled and greyish-brown, with a wingspan of 4cm.

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