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Agricultural Entomology

Nature volume 50, pages 243244 | Download Citation



TWENTY notorious insect pests are dealt with in this volume, each being illustrated by a coloured plate, which shows not only the metamorphoses of the insect, but the nature of the mischief of which it is the cause. The chapter on each insect is complete in itself, and there is no definite order of treatment of subjects; nor in a volume of this character was any such sequence called for. Arranging the insects systematically, however, it is found that the Homoptera are represented by the green peach aphis, the black peach aphis, the orange aphis, the grape louse, the cabbage aphis, the cottony-cushion scale, the oleander scale, the lemon scale, and the red scale of the orange; the Coleoptera by the plum curculio, the cherry green beetle, the apple root-borer, and the strawberry beetle; the Lepidopteraby the orange moth, the case-moth of the orange, the vine moth, the silver-striped vine moth, the potato moth, and the cabbage moth; and the Neuroptera by the so-called “white ant,” Termes australis, Hagen. With three or four exceptions, therefore, most of the insects dealt with are pests of fruit trees, and not more than half a dozen of them have acquired notoriety in England.

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