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PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
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.