Insects of plantations in New Caledonia.
This work deals with pests, mostly insects, that attack cotton, coconut, coffee, tobacco and fruit trees in New Caledonia. Descriptions and notes on the bionomics are given for most species, the injury caused by many is described, and brief recommendations are given for the control of some. The author states in a foreword that the book was written in 1932 and that the cultivation of cotton and tobacco on the island has since been discontinued. The sections dealing with pests of coconut (pp. 43-72) and coffee (pp. 73-88) have been noticed from other sources [R A.E., A 24 746; 25 223]. Insects that attack fruit trees, which are not grown on a commercial scale, include Cryptorrhynchus mangiferae, F., on mango, Cosmopolites sordidus, Germ., on banana, Dacus spp., which infest various fruits, notably peaches, and Ceroplastes rubens, Mask., which occurs on mango, Citrus, fig, and many other, plants. Aulacophora (Rhaphidopalpa) argyrogaster, Montr., is a polyphagous Galerucid that feeds chiefly on cucurbits, but of which the adults also attack graminaceous plants, notably wheat. A final section contains descriptions and notes on the bionomics of some insects that are predacious on insect pests.