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Biology of Macadamia flower caterpillar (Homoeosoma vagella Zell.)

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Ironside, D.A. (1970) Biology of Macadamia flower caterpillar (Homoeosoma vagella Zell.). Queensland Journal of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, 27 (3). pp. 301-309.



The life history, habits and seasonal incidence of Homoeosoma vagella, a pest of macadamia nuts in Queensland, are described. The insect attacks the flowers of the macadamias and is known only from proteaceous hosts. As populations are low during winter, early flowerings of M. integrifolia types usually escape serious damage. The destruction of flowers in September-October often results in severe reduction of yields. A number of natural enemies are believed to be important in regulating numbers of H. vagella. Control measures are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Subjects:Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Nuts
Plant pests and diseases > Economic entomology
Live Archive:25 Mar 2024 06:23
Last Modified:25 Mar 2024 06:23

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