Evaluations of Varietal Susceptibility to Leaffooted Bug Damage and Studies on Leaffooted Bug Mortality in Almonds
COLLABORATORS: Mario Viverios UCCE Kern Co.; Tom Gradziel, UC Davis; Brad Higbee, Paramount Farming; Kris Tollerup, UC Statewide IPM Program
Leaffooted bug is a native, seed-feeding insect that is best known for the damage it causes to pistachios. However, in 2006, extreme numbers of leaffooted bug also caused significant damage to almonds throughout the lower San Joaquin Valley. For almond producers, much of 2006 was spent just trying to figure out what happened and why it happened.Some growers lost more than half of the crop on some of their more susceptible varieties of nuts.
The main objective of this project was to document what happened in the hope that information could be developed to help prevent it from happening again, and/or to improve the ability of growers to deal with it if it does happen again.
We documented large differences in varietal susceptibility to leaffooted bug damage. Data has allowed us to identify the types of damage caused by this pest, and the relative susceptibility of 15 commonly planted varieties to this damage.
Leaffooted Bug Damage
- UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for LFB in Almond
- UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for LFB in Pomegranate
- UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for LFB in Pistachio
Leaffooted Bug Documents
- 2014 Studies on Leaffooted Bug Mortality and Ability to Damage Almond Kernels Following Exposure to Insecticides and Aged Insecticide Residues
- 2014 July Leaffooted Bugs: An Increasing Problem in IPM News
- 2014 Leaffooted Bug, Pacific Spider Mite, Navel Orangeworm and Fire Ant Control Poster for the Almond Industry Conference
- 2008 Field Evaluations of Varietal Susceptibility to Damage by Leaffooted Bug
- 2007 In-Season Management of Leadffooted Bug in Almonds
- 2007 Leaffooted Bugs in Almonds: Think Before you Spray this Season
- 2006 Almond Industry Conference Leaffooted Bug Poster