Publications and factsheets

Note: While the information contained in these publications was correct at time of printing,  not all content may be current.  They are provided here for reference and archive purposes.

Identification guides

GBBB-cover150 Good Bug? Bad Bug? Identification guide

(March 2013, 3.5 MB PDF)

Recognising parasitism in silverleaf whitefly

A guide to healthy vs parasitised late instar nymphs
A4 (July 2021 | 1.2MB PDF)

Ladybird life stages

A3 (January 2020 | 3MB PDF)

Identifying armyworm larvae

A3 (May 2020 | 3MB PDF)

Identifying leaf-eating larvae

A3 (September 2021 | 6MB PDF)

Identifying borers, webbers and miners

A3 (April 2021 | 8MB PDF)

Identifying aphids

A3 (April 2021 | 5MB PDF)

Identifying shield bugs

A3 (April 2021 | 5MB PDF)

Identifying elongated bugs

A3 (April 2021 | 3MB PDF)

Identifying mirid-like bugs

A3 (April 2021 | 5MB PDF)

Quick reference guides

APVMA permits for FAW – See FAW home page
Single page summarising current permits available for FAW 

Economic threshold ready reckoners (July 2013)
Quick reference tables for key insect pests (180 kB PDF)

See also the ‘Best bet’ IPM strategies available at IPM Guidelines for Grains.


Techniques for sampling and identification:


Where live insect collection is impractical, high quality photos, including close-ups are essential to provide the best chance of identifying the specimen. Download a Caterpillar identification: taking photos factsheet (600kB PDF).
The fall armyworm (FAW) pheromone traps currently used have the potential to attract a range of insects.

  • Read our guide on how to sort the by-catch from the potential FAW moths (1MB pdf).
  • Watch a video on sorting and processing potential FAW moths.
Download a factsheet on the set up and operation of helicoverpa pheromone traps.(700kB PDF)

Economic case studies

Why manage insecticide resistance in Helicoverpa armigera in the Northern Grains region?
(August 2020, 2.3MB PDF)
Ignoring sorghum midge resistance can be costly
(August 2020, 500kB PDF)
Black soil scarab management in broadacre crops: cultivating the best management option
(June 2020, 450kB PDF)
Managing lucerne crown borer in soybeans: insuring the best result
(July 2020, 950kB PDF)
Are podsucking bugs sucking your soybean profits? When are they worth treating?
(July 2020, 1.3MB PDF)
To spray or not to spray mirids in mungbeans immediately, that is the question.
(September 2020. 360kB PDF)


IMG_3907 Solenop­sis overview
(Novem­ber 2013, 189 kB PDF)
IMG_3914 Solenop­sis in cot­ton
(Novem­ber 2013, 319 kB PDF)

Helicoverpa management In chickpea (2007)

Insects brochure series (2005):