A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
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.
February 2007. In the Maldives, earwigs were found in association with the coconut hispid beetle (Brontispa longissima). The individual collected on Dhigura Island appears to be wingless, whereas those froom Hilton Island have wings. Wingless individuals were found with an abundance of hispid beetle larvae whereas the winged individuals were found only with adult beetles. Including pincers, the body length of the wingless individual is about 2.5 cm.
Apparently, the earwig, Chelisochesmorio, is a predator of the hispid beetle (B longissima is also known as B frogatti?). See Risbec J (1933) An enemy of Brontispa froggatti Sharp in the New Hebrides. Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de l’Academie des Sciences (Paris) 197(22): 1357-1358.