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A range of species of Epiphyas fruit moths occurs in WA. The most abundant are light brown apple moth, E. postvittana and 'western fruit moth' E. pulla.
The caterpillar of the pasture day moth (Apina callisto) feeds on broadleaf weeds and crops, but is rarely a pest.
Onion maggot (Delia platura, incorrectly known as bean root maggot fly) rarely affects young lupin and pea crops sown into green decomposing organic matter.
The larvae of the lucerne seed web moth (Etiella behrii - also called Etiella web moth) is an infrequent pest of peas and lupins.
Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) and plague thrips (Thrips imagines) are 2mm long, cigar shaped and range in colour from yellow-orange to dark grey.
The pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum) is in fact a beetle not a weevil and should really be called the pea beetle. It is one of the most damaging pests of field peas.
Small soft-bodied winged or wingless insects that damage field peas grown in Western Australia through transmission of viruses rather than direct feeding damage. Main species are pea aphid (A
There are many economic and financial implications that need to be considered when choosing a management option. These may include:
Monitoring your crop allows timely intervention to manage constraints, assess crop growth, target maximum crop yield and optimise grain quality and profitability.