oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The Grain Stink-Bug, Blissus diplopterus Dist., as a pest of export fruit, with special reference to its cold-hardiness

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Some forty years ago the grain stink-bug, Blissus diplopterus Dist., was found on South African peaches in the United Kingdom (Fryer et al., 1925). Its presence on fruit apparently excited no further attention until 1954, when live specimens were found on South African apricots and peaches in New York (Kriegler, 1959). The fruit had been subjected to normal pre-cooling and in transit refrigeration treatment conforming to requirements for the sterilization of Mediterranean fruit fly (U.S.D.A., 1957).

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