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.
May 2007. A black bug from the Maldives has been found on Polyalthia longifolia and has been apparently biting and causing itching to school children (although it is questionable as to whether this is really the case!).
It was identified as Brachyplatys sp., a member of the plataspidae. They are really smelly and this may be the reason for the kids’ aversion – it won’t be the cause of the biting. The biting may be the bed bug (Cimex) which has the same smell, and could be in the school buildings or their homes. It was suggested that as some people are averse to admitting to having bed bugs in their house, a doctor should be asked to look at the bites. Brachyplatys should also occur on other plants such as legumes.