Hugh Brier, DEEDI Senior Entomologist and author of the book says what makes this publication so special is that all pulse pests and beneficials are featured in one book.
Hugh Brier in a crop of soybeans with the ‘Good Bug, Bad Bug’ guide
The layout also ensures that users can quickly find what they are looking for. Similar looking insects – good and bad – can be found on the same or adjacent pages which allows for a rapid comparison and identification of insects. Images are colour coded so that pests and their natural enemies are easily distinguished. All photographs contain a brief summary of the insect’s status as pest or beneficial and their key characteristics. See below an example of a page from the guide.
This 44 page guide is ideal to take out in the field. Along with the identification information there are sections on integrated pest management, crop sampling techniques and insect pest thresholds for the different pulse crops.