Photo: a really cool grasshopper on cassava in DR Congo

grasshopper; insect; cassava pests; Congo; Africa

While I was out doing an agronomist training course in DRC, I came across this amazing grasshopper sitting on a cassava leaf. They are considered a pest on cassava and can destroy a whole crop if they are left alone. As bad as they are to the farmers, these insects are pretty spectacular to look at!

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Photo: You Lookin’ at me BOY? zoom in to see his face!

In Grenada, in the Caribbean, we went out for a day to look at various plant diseases, including the dreaded papaya bacterial wilt, and I found this little dude keeping absolutely still. It was actually quite easy to get a close up of him. He did have quite an aggressive demeanour though...

In Grenada, in the Caribbean, we went out for a day to look at various plant diseases, including the dreaded papaya bacterial wilt, and I found this little dude keeping absolutely still. It was actually quite easy to get a close up of him. He did have quite an aggressive demeanour though… Zoom in to look at his face!

Photo: a bit of art in the fruit market of Kabul

These two guys were listening in to my interview of a farmer in Kabul fruit market. I was asking the farmer whether the information on the disease factsheet was accurate in relation to his crop. He was just talking about the improvements we can make to the factsheet when these two came round and started giving thier opinions. The more the better, and the factsheet for coddling moth on apple is now finished, and has been distributed to all major Afghan government department in rural areas. Thanks for the input guys!

These two guys were listening in to my interview of a farmer in Kabul fruit market. I was asking the farmer whether the information on the disease factsheet was accurate in relation to his crop. He was just talking about the improvements we can make to the factsheet when these two came round and started giving thier opinions. The more the better, and the factsheet for coddling moth on apple is now finished, and has been distributed to all major Afghan government department in rural areas. Thanks for the input guys!

Photo: The 5th, less popular beatle

Dung beetles literally live and feed on crap. There are 7000 species of them and can be found everywhere apart from Antarctica! Not my cup of tea, but hey, whatever flicks their switch! I hope this doesn’t spoil your appetite!