2nd Edition

Pests of Fruit Crops A Colour Handbook, Second Edition

By David V Alford Copyright 2014
    464 Pages 1152 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    462 Pages 1152 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.


    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


    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.