Category: Weeds

Harlequin bug – Manage Hosts and Hideouts

The Spring and Summer months are a good time to be on the look-out for Harlequin Bug in the orchard and applying management strategies to reduce their numbers.  Harlequin bug Dindymus versicolor (Herrich-Schaeffer) is a native Australian plant bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae.
The adult bug is about 12mm in length […]

Broad-Leaved Weeds Support Orchard Pests

Broad-leaved weeds such as capeweed Arctotheca calendula, marshmallow Malva parviflora, and fat hen Chenopodium album are common throughout Australian fruit growing areas. These plants often support pest species such as lightbrown apple moth, harlequin bugs, and thrips. Control of the weeds will help reduce prevalence of the pests.
Weed control should […]