Survey of the insect and mite pests associated with date palm trees in Al-Dakhliya region, Sultanate of Oman.
The insect pests and mites associated with infested roots, stems, leaves, infloresecence and dates [Phoenix dactylifera] of date palm trees in the Al-Dakhliya region in Oman were surveyed from January 1994 to December 1996. Insect pests recorded included Psammotermes sp., an unidentified thrips species, 8 Homopteran species (Platyplura arabica, Ommatissus binotatus, Pseudaspidoproctus hyphaeniacus, Maconellicoccus hirsutus, Aonidiella orientalis, Fiorinia linderae, Parlatoria blanchardii and Phoenicococcus marlatii), 2 Lepidopteran species (Batrachedra amydraula and Arenipses sabella), 3 Coleopteran species (Oryctes agamemnon, Coccotrypes dactyliperda and Jebusaea hammerschmidti), a Dipteran species (Bactrocera dorsalis) and 2 Hymenopteran species (Polistes hebraeus and Vespa orientalis). Mite pests viz. Oligonychus afrasiaticus and Raoiella indica were also recorded. The most economically important pests were B. amydraula, O. lybicus, O. agamemnon, scale insects and O. afrasiaticus.