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Other Pests Or Damage You May See—Fruit Development

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Arthropods
  • Darkling beetles
  • Flea beetles
  • Grasshoppers and Crickets
  • Green peach aphids
  • Leafminers
  • Melon aphids
  • Thrips
  • Names link to information on identification and management.

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    Arthropods
    Darkling beetle adult.
    Darkling beetle adult
    Identification tip: Adults vary from black or bluish black to rusty brown. Do not confuse with predatory ground beetles, which prey on various soil dwelling pests.
    Field cricket nymph.
    Cricket adult
    Identification tip: Adult crickets are black or brown, and are about 1/2 to 1 inch in length.
    Tobacco flea beetle adult.
    Flea beetle adult
    Identification tip: The adult is small and shiny with enlarged hind legs. When disturbed it jumps like a flea.
    Adult devastating grasshopper.
    Grasshopper adult
    Identification tip: The adults are elongate, robust, winged and good flyers. Commonly brown, gray, green, or yellowish with greatly enlarged hind legs adapted for jumping. The somewhat similar cricket has longer antennae and is darker.
    Green peach aphids.
    Green peach aphid adults
    Identification tip: Adults are slender in form and light green or yellowish. The winged form is pale or bright green and black, with a large dusky blotch on top of the abdomen.
    Adult leafminer feeding punctures (bottom) and mines (top).
    Leafminer damage
    Identification tip: A larva mines between the upper and lower leaf surfaces, creating winding white tunnels that widen as the larva grows.
    Adult cotton aphid (melon aphid).
    Melon aphid adults
    Identification tip: Adults are round and yellowish (right) or greenish black with ridges (left). There are winged and wingless forms.
    Adult western flower thrips.
    Thrips adult
    Identification tip:
    Minute, slender-bodied insects with two pairs of long, narrow wings, the margins of which are fringed with long hairs.
     

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