In general, vegetable insect pests have chewing or piercing-sucking mouthparts. Caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers are good examples of insect pests with chewing mouthparts. Large stink bugs and leaffooted bugs are some "macro bugs" with piercing-sucking mouthparts. On the contrary, various species of aphids, thrips, and whiteflies are "micro bugs" that have been discussed earlier in separate articles.
New Organic Vegetable IPM Toolkit Slide Charts Available for Farmers
A brand new Organic Vegetable IPM Toolkit is now available for natural and organic farmers. This rectangular slide chart has sustainable IPM recommendations for over 20 major vegetable insect pest species and is a good starting point for beginning farmers to learn about the three levels of pest management. For your free copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact a commercial horticulture regional extension agent in Alabama, or attend a beginning farmer IPM workshop. Funding for this IPM toolkit has been provided by the USDA SARE, BFRD, and Specialty Crops Block Grant Programs.
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