Plant Protection
Tea Insect Management
Tea major insect pests

About 300 species of animals, mainly insects, are known to feed on tea. Only a few of these, namely mosquito bug, tea thrips, red spider mites, cockchafer larvae and carpenter moth, normally cause sufficient damage to justify preventive control measures. Mites, unlike all other tea pests do not belong to the class Insecta but to the class Arachnida together with spiders and scorpions. Animals in the class Arachnida have 4 pairs of jointed legs, no antennae and their head and thorax are fused in such a way as to make them difficult to distinguish as separate parts.

These insect pests can be categorized as follows:
1. Leaf and shoot feeders such as mosquito bug, thrips, aphids, scale insects, caterpillars, weevils;
2. Stem and branch pests such as carpenter moth;
3. Soil pests such as termites, cutworms, weevils, crickets; and
4. Seed pests such as false coding moth.

Insect pests are classified according to the way of feeding on the tea plant. They can be grouped into sucking and chewing pests.

Here is a picture showing the classification of major sucking and chewing pests in tea.

From; Tea research. Institute of Tanzania

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