oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Insects injurious to cowpeas In the Natal Region

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The cowpea is an important green manuring and leguminous hay crop in summer rainfall areas of the Union. In native areas and on the Gold Mines its seed constitutes an essential part of the diet of natives. This crop is subject to attack by a wide range of insect pests, and in some localities cowpea seed production is uneconomical because of seed� infesting insects. This article embodies the results of a survey conducted of insects injurious to cow peas in the locality of Pietermaritzburg. The majority of the insects recorded are widely distributed in the Natal Region.

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