What is in this article?:
- It’s the time of the year to start thinking about managing whitefly nymphs on spring melons.
- Spring and summer crops are being planted and grown. Powdery mildew can develop on wheat, melons, and landscape plants.
- More diverse, minor acreage specialty crops are grown in the Desert Southwest region every year so managing some of these crops can be difficult without local experience.
'Luigi' - the jungle bug
“Luigi” - the jungle bug
By Marco Peña, UA Research Specialist
Have you seen all life stages of the Bagrada bug?
We followed the life of a male Bagrada Bug we called ‘Luigi” starting at the egg stage. We witnessed his eclosion (hatching) at the Yuma Agricultural Center.
We also captured on video his sclerotization which is when the cuticle of an insect is hardened by chemical agents and changes in color. When Luigi became an adult we introduced him to Luciana, a beautiful Bagrada female from Holtville, Calif.
Watch the biographical account of Luigi's life in the video: Luigi, The Jungle Bug.
Contact Peña: (928) 782-3836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.