The wall poster “Insect and Mite Pests of Bananas in Australia” has been produced by Scientific Advisory Services in order to provide a useful reference for banana packing sheds and farm offices.
The poster features the major pests of bananas throughout Australia and the damage they cause, as well as a number of species, which occur in limited areas. A total of twelve pests are illustrated in addition to the important beneficial insect, the mite-eating ladybird.
The major pests are the banana weevil borer, banana rust thrips, sugarcane bud moth, banana spider mite, banana aphid, and banana flower thrips. The part of the banana plant which is attacked is illustrated by means of arrows to the large central banana plant and the main feature to note from this is the importance of insect and mite pests to the bunch.
The poster measures 970mm by 650mm and is both informative and pleasing to the eye. One grower who has placed the poster on a wall in his packing shed has said that rarely a week goes by without him or his workers referring to the poster.
The poster has been obtained by banana growers, government agriculture departments, agrichemical companies, educational institutions and both Australian and international quarantine authorities.