The majority of crop damage this past week is attributed to hail, localized flooding, lack of moisture and insects such as diamondback moths
Tens of millions of diamondback moths
have reportedly landed in the UK in the last week, thought to have nibbled their way from Russia.
In our light-traps here at Rothamsted we have seen in two nights the number of diamondback moths
that we usually record in a year, and this is reflected elsewhere in the network," he said.
Research scientist Chris Shortall empties a light trap at Rothamsted as experts have warned of a potential explosion in numbers of invasive diamondback moths
, and what the pesky critters look like in adult (above) and caterpillar (right) phases
this chemical, in combination with limonene and [alpha]-terpinene, has been reported as a repellent and oviposition deterrent to adult diamondback moths
(Zhang et al.
Synergism between Bacillus thuringiensis spores and toxins against resistant and susceptible Diamondback moths
Wild collected diamondback moths
were added regularly to these colonies to reduce effects of inbreeding.
Spined soldier bugs (Podisus maculiventris) are valuable beneficial insects in home gardens because they prey on a multitude of pests, including Mexican bean beetles, cabbage loopers, diamondback moths
, army worms and other caterpillars, flea beetles and Colorado potato beetles.
are a pest to vegetable crops including canola, cabbage, turnip and broccoli.
Since about 1988, Mercadier has amassed 1,000-plus strains of Beauveria, Metarhizium, Paecilomyces, and other fungi isolated from silver-leaf whiteflies, diamondback moths
, codling moths, African locusts, coffee berry borers, and other insect pests.
Research revealed that biocides - organic proteins toxic to Diamondback moths
but harmless to beneficial insects, birds, other animals and humans - are more desirable than chemical pesticides.
Indirect interactions and nonadditive effects of herbivory on plant fitness were examined for flea beetles (Phyllotreta cruciferae: Chrysomelidae) and diamondback moths
(Plutella xylostella: Plutellidae), two of the more common herbivores feeding on B.