The following keys are provided for identifying adult pests as well as immature stages. Since immature pests and wingless adults may not be easy to identify, keys to immature stages are arranged by the portion of the plant infested (blossom and leaf, stem, and root).
Roaches, termites, bugs, beetles, flies, wasps, ants, maggots, spiders, etc. should be sent in 70 percent alcohol.
Mites, scales, aphids, and thrips should be sent alive on some of the affected foliage/stems, collected in a manner similar to plant specimens. Pests should be placed in a plastic bag when collected.
Butterflies and Moths. Dead specimens should be submitted (ethyl acetate is good to use for preparing specimens), packed lightly in tissue paper in a crush-proof box.
Caterpillars should be sent in alive on some of the host plant in a plastic bag.
Grubs should be sent in alive in a pint or two of soil enclosed in a plastic bag.
1. Date Specimen Collected. Date actually found, not date received by agent or other second party.
2. Town and County where Specimen Was Collected. Town and county listed should be the location where insect was actually found, which may not be the same as agent's or property owner's address. If not found within a town, information about the nearest town, and distance and direction from it that insect was captured, should be included.
3. Name of Collector. The name of the specific person who actually captured or collected the insect is needed. It is not necessary to list the agent or other second party as the collector.
4. Where Were the Specimens, or on What Were They Feeding when Collected? If they were on a plant, the name of the host plant is needed, i.e. azalea, rose.
Some Important Precautions
Johnson, W.T. & H. H. Lyon. 1988. Insects that Feed on Trees & Shrubs. (2nd Ed.). Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, NY. 556 pps.
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