Amblypelta spp. (Hemiptera: Coreidae) and green fruit drop in lychees.
The coreid Amblypelta nitida was responsible for more than 93.5% of green fruit drop in lychees [Litchi chinensis] in 1985-87 at Maroochy Horticultural Research Station, Nambour (lat. 27 °S). A. nitida at other locations in south-eastern Queensland and A. lutescens lutescens in northern Queensland (lat. 17 °S), caused green fruit drop ranging from 24.8 to 98.5%. These results suggest that these coreids may be the most important factor inducing lychee fruit abscission in some areas.