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Entomology

Insects Associated With Vegetable Crops in Georgia

by David Riley and Stormy Sparks - UGA Vegetable Entomologists

Dr. David Riley
Dr. Alton "Stormy" Sparks

Approximately 180,000 acres of vegetables are grown in Georgia annually with a farm-gate value in 2003 of over $900 million. The estimated control costs and crop damage associated with vegetable insect and other arthropod pests averages about 3-9% of the farm-gate value over all vegetables, so insect management is critical to profitable vegetable production in the State. Insect management in vegetables is very dynamic in Georgia because of the diversity of crops, the 10°F average temperature difference between the north and south, and the multiple, overlapping growing seasons. The use of integrated pest management (IPM) is recommended, but this requires considerable information about the pests. The following information on insect biology and the type of damage by vegetable insects should assist vegetable pest managers in their efforts to economically reduce insect problems using a biologically based approach. Select the crop below to link to photos of insects that can be found on the crop and associated pest management information. Crop names below that are currently not hyperlinked do not have the associated web pages completed. These will be linked as soon as these pages are reviewed and finalized.

  1. Watermelon
  2. Snap beans
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Onions
  5. Cucumbers
  6. Cabbage
  7. Yellow squash
  8. Southern peas
  9. Collards
10. Turnip Greens
11. Cantaloupe
12. Bell pepper
13. Tomato
14. Carrots
15. Mustard Greens
16. Zucchini
17. Lima beans
18. Kale
19. Eggplant
20. English peas
21. Hot pepper
22. Sweet potato
23. Pumpkin
24. Banana pepper
25. Irish potato
26. Lettuce
27. Winter squash
28. Pole beans
29. Spinach
30. Broccoli

 

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