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.
September 2008. This beetle was found feeding on mango leaves (Mangifera indica) in Trinidad and Tobago and colelcted by the Ministry of Agriculture Land & Marine Resources. The feeding is causing leaf damage, they are not reported as being widespread in Trinidad. An ID was requested.
Although Myllocerus maculatus was suggested, and these have root grubs, and the symptoms were typical of this insect, other members said that it was unlikely to be this. Myllocerus is a weevil, and this is a member of the Chrysomelidae. A response from the Australian Museum said that its a eumolpine, but there are dozens of genera in this region. Many eumolpines are polyphagous, so just because its a mango doesn’t mean its a pest from SE Asia.This was confirmed by a note from CSIRO.