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Pests of Fruit Crops

A Colour Handbook, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By David V Alford

CRC Press

462 pages | 1152 Color Illus.

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Pests of Fruit Crops: A Colour Handbook, Second Edition provides an up-to-date illustrated account of the various pests of fruit crops throughout Europe, many of which (or their close relatives) are also present in non-European countries. In fact, several pose problems on fruit crops worldwide. This authoritative book focuses on insect and mite pests affecting fruit, hop and nut crops in both temperate and subtropical climates. Pome fruits, stone fruits, cane fruits, strawberries, bush fruits, hops, grapevines, citrus fruits, nuts, figs and olives all receive attention.

For ease of reference, this new edition has been significantly rearranged so that, under genera, species of pests are now listed alphabetically, and nomenclature has been updated. The pests, most of which are illustrated, are described, and details are given of their life histories, distribution and status. Damage caused is also indicated. The work is profusely illustrated with over 1,150 superb colour photographs, and is an essential and invaluable source of reference for both professional and lay readers—including extension workers, consultants, scientists, students, fruit growers and private gardeners. To help readers locate information on pests of interest, alternative names for genera and species, and frequently used colloquial names are cross-referenced in the pest index.

Table of Contents


Smaller Insect Orders

Order Saltatoria (crickets, grasshoppers and locusts)

Family Tettigoniidae (bush crickets)

Family Gryllotalpidae (mole crickets)

Family Acrididae (grasshoppers and locusts)

Order Dermaptera (earwigs)

Family Forficulidae

Order Isoptera (termites)

Family Kalotermitidae

Order Thysanoptera (thrips)

Family Thripidae (thrips)

Family Phlaeothripidae

True Bugs

Family Acanthosomatidae (shield bugs)

Family Pentatomidae (shield bugs)

Family Lygaeidae (ground bugs)

Family Tingidae (lace bugs)

Family Miridae (capsids or mirids)

Family Cercopidae (froghoppers)

Family Flatidae (planthoppers)

Family Membracidae

Family Cixiidae (planthoppers)

Family Cicadellidae (leafhoppers)

Family Psyllidae

Family Carsidaridae

Family Aleyrodidae (whiteflies)

Family Aphididae (aphids)

Family Phylloxeridae (phylloxeras)

Family Diaspididae (armoured scales)

Family Asterolecaniidae (pits scales)

Family Coccidae (soft scales, wax scales)

Family Pseudococcidae (mealybugs)

Family Margarodidae (giant scales)


Family Carabidae (ground beetles)

Family Scarabaeidae (chafers)

Family Buprestidae (jewel beetles)

Family Elateridae (click beetles)

Family Cantharidae

Family Bostrychidae

Family Nitidulidae

Family Byturidae

Family Tenebrionidae

Family Cerambycidae (longhorn beetles)

Family Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles)

Family Attelabidae (weevils)

Family Rhynchitidae (weevils)

Family Apionidae (weevils)

Family Curculionidae (true weevils)

True Flies

Family Tipulidae (crane flies)

Family Bibionidae (St. Mark's flies)

Family Cecidomyiidae (gall midges)

Family Tephritidae (large fruit flies)

Family Drosophilidae

Family Agromyzidae

Family Muscidae

Family Anthomyiidae

Butterflies and Moths

Family Hepialidae (swift moths)

Family Nepticulidae

Family Tischeriidae

Family Incurvariidae

Family Heliozelidae

Family Cossidae

Family Zygaenidae

Family Psychidae

Family Lyonetiidae

Family Gracillariidae

Family Phyllocnistidae

Family Sesiidae (clearwing moths)

Family Choreutidae

Family Yponomeutidae

Family Schreckensteiniidae

Family Coleophoridae (casebearer moths)

Family Oecophoridae

Family Gelechiidae

Family Blastobasidae

Family Momphidae

Family Cochylidae

Family Tortricidae (tortrix moths)

Family Pyralidae

Family Papilionidae

Family Pieridae

Family Lycaenidae

Family Nymphalidae

Family Lasiocampidae

Family Saturniidae

Family Thyatiridae

Family Geometridae (geometer moths)

Family Sphingidae (hawk moths)

Family Notodontidae

Family Dilobidae

Family Lymantriidae

Family Arctiidae (e.g. ermine moths and tiger moths)

Family Nolidae

Family Noctuidae

Sawflies, Ants and Wasps

Family Pamphiliidae

Family Cephidae (stem sawflies)

Family Cimbicidae

Family Tenthredinidae

Family Cynipidae (gall wasps)

Family Eurytomidae (seed wasps)

Family Torymidae (e.g. seed wasps)

Family Formicidae (ants)

Family Vespidae (true wasps)


Order Prostigmata

Family Phytoptidae (gall mites)

Family Eriophyidae (gall mites and rust mites)

Family Tarsonemidae (tarsonemid mites)

Family Tetranychidae (spider mites)

Family Tenuipalpidae (false spider mites)

Order Cryptostigmata

Family Mycobatidae

Wild or Ornamental Host Plants Cited in the Text

Selected Bibliography

Host Plant Index

General Index

About the Author

Dr. David V. Alford, began his career at Rothamsted Experimental Station, where he worked in the Bee Department and developed a particular interest in bumblebees. He later joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food in Cambridge, where he was eventually appointed regional entomologist. He has wide experience with insects and mites associated with agricultural and horticultural crops, both at home and abroad, and has published many scientific papers and profusely illustrated reference books. He has made a particular study of pests of fruit crops, especially in apple orchards, black currant plantations and strawberry fields, and in 2007 he was awarded the BCPC medal for services to crop protection in the UK. In 2008, he received the prestigious Anton de Bary Medal from the Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellshaft in recognition of his work on general and applied entomology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General