Handbook of Vegetable Pests

Handbook of Vegetable Pests

2nd Edition - April 23, 2020

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  • Author: John Capinera
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128144886
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144893

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Handbook of Vegetable Pests, Second Edition, provides two types of diagnostic aids: the easy-to-use "guides to pests of vegetable crops", which guides the reader to the most likely pests of each vegetable crop based on the portion of the plant attacked and the category of pest; and the more technical dichotomous keys for identification of many of the difficult-to-identify species. It includes over 300 common and occasional pest species, detailing the geographic distribution of vegetable pests, host plant relationships, natural enemies, damage, life history, and methods of control and damage prevention.

Key Features

  • Presents a current and comprehensive synthesis of vetted information for the support of both commercial and home vegetable production
  • Includes over 300 common and occasional pest species, or species complexes, known to affect vegetables grown in the United States and Canada
  • Summarizes the important findings of the last 150 years
  • Provides citations to the original literature


Professionals in agriculture such as entomologists and horticulturists. These scientists often are located at universities and colleges, public and private research institutes, and government regulatory agencies. Also at these institutions are undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to work in horticultural plant production and protection, and who need comprehensive reference materials. This handbook will be particularly useful to service professionals such as county agents associated with the Cooperative Extension Service, pesticide and fertilizer providers, farm managers, and independent crop consultants

Table of Contents

  • 1. Pest identification
    2. Class Insecta
    3. Order Coleoptera – Beetles, Weevils, White Grubs, Wireworms
    4. Order Dermaptera – Earwigs
    5. Order Diptera – Flies, Maggots
    6. Order Hemiptera – Bugs, Aphids, Leaf- and Planthoppers, Psyllids, Whiteflies
    7. Order Hymenoptera – Ants, Sawflies
    8. Order Lepidoptera – Caterpillars, Moths, Butterflies
    9. Order Orthoptera – Grasshoppers, Crickets
    10. Order Thysanoptera – Thrips
    11. Other Invertebrate Pests
    12. Class Acari – Mites
    13. Class Collembola – Springtails
    14. Class Diplopoda – Millipedes
    15. Class Isopoda – Pillbugs and Sowbugs
    16. Class Mollusca – Slugs and Snails
    17. Class Symphyla – Symphylans

    Keys to selected groups of pests
    Other sources of information on vegetable crops

Product details

  • No. of pages: 816
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: April 23, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128144886
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128144893

About the Author

John Capinera

Professor John Capinera’s primary interest and experience is in the field of insect ecology, particularly insect-plant relationships. His work has also included a focus on insect pest management, especially feeding deterrents, biological control, damage assessment, and economic thresholds.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, University of Florida; Emeritus Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, USA

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