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June 2006 Banana pests from Philippines

Biosecurity Australia sent members examples of banana pests, said to be from the Philippines. Notes on the samples were provided as follows:

•    The red mites were collected from an adjacent papaya plantation and frequently found in bananas,               possibly Dolichotetranychus floridanus.
•    The two-spotted mites (Tetranychus urticae).
•    The mealybug colonies are either Dysmicoccus brevipes or D neobrevipes.
•    The scales are armoured scale in the Diaspididae family and almost certainly belong to the subfamily         Aspidiotinae.

Members thought that the scale was probably Aspidiotus destructor; agreed about the Dysmicoccus, but were unable to decide on the species from photographs, and that the spider mites needed to be slide-mounted to be sure of identification.