Reviews the interrelationships between insects and palms, emphasising the similarities in different world regions. The host plants, distribution, and bionomics of representative insects are discussed according to their feeding sites on palms and their taxonomic groups. Host and distribution records for the most extensively represented insect families on palms are tabulated and pest management and field technique are also covered.
Palms and insects - general considerations; defoliators on palms; sap feeders on palm foliage; insects of palm flowers and fruits; insect borers in palms; pest management of palm pests; field techniques for studies of palm insects.
Beginning with a section discussing the animal class Insecta and the plant family Palmae, this volume then discusses families of insects according to their feeding sites on palms (defoliators, sap-feeders, feeders of palm flowers and fruits, and borers). The remaining chapters address population regulation of palm pests, principles of insect pest control on palms, and field techniques for studies of palm insects. Host and distribution records for the most extensively represented insect families on palms and tabulated. Of likely interest and utility to tropical biologists and agricultural scientists including entomologists, horticulturists, and tropical ecologists, as well as palm nursery growers, managers, and palm enthusiasts. Includes 16 pages of color plates and b&w illustrations throughout.--SciTech Book News