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Apple Blossom Beetle

Scientific Name
Tropinota hirta
Scientific Author
(Poda) 1761
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetonidae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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Commodity Type

  • Grains
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Grasses
  • Ornamentals
  • Pome fruits
  • Stone fruits

Description

Biology is very similar to Oxythyrea funesta. Tropinota hirta is polyphagous and a serious orchard pest, swarming in early summer.

Primary Host Plants: apple, pear quince, plum, canola, rye, wheat, Taxacum officinale, Tussilago farfara

Secondary Host Plants: wheat, barley, lupins, blackcurrant, tulip, narcissus, broomrape

(Jermy & Bálazs 1990)

 


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