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.
June 2012. Do cetonids attack noni fruits, Morinda citrifolia? A member from PNG asked for any information or experiences about cetonid beetles. Generally, cetonids are pollinators, but a can they attack noni fruits and cause a scaring?
A taxonomist from Japan wrote that there are two species of cetoniinae in the photo above:
One is Protaetia (Heteroprotaetia) fusca (one individual above) and the other is Protaetia (Netociomima) sp. near papuana(the remaining 3 individuals).
P. fusca has a wide distribution from Southeast Asia to East Asia and islands in the Pacific. Normally, they feed on fermented plant sap or fruit, but they may enlarge a wound on plant stem or fruit if there is a fermented part on it.