oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Chironomidae (Diptera) causing damage to motor cars
|Article Title||Chironomidae (Diptera) causing damage to motor cars|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Entomology, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch.|
|Publication Date||Sep 1972|
|Keyword(s)||Chironomidae (Diptera) causing damage to motor cars (50KB)|
In March 1972 reports were received from firms connected with the motor car industry at Blackheath near Cape Town, that insects, which adhere to new cars parked for some weeks in open car parks, caused severe damage to the paint work. The paint is not only discoloured at the places where the insects became stuck, but also cracks and lifts, so that the metal beneath is exposed. At one assembly plant 180 new cars had to be resprayed for this reason.
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