Pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in cucurbits: field identification guide

The Field Identification Guide is designed to assist growers, workers, students and consultants to correctly identify pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in cucurbits in Australia.

Intended to be used as a tool in integrated pest management in cucurbits, it draws on the experience of a range of scientists and industry experts. The guide represents over 270 colour photographs in 147 pages of illustrations and text. It contains a comprehensive list of organisms and nutritional disorders identified as currently important to this industry.

This publication is only available as an e-pub for use on iPad, iPhone and iPod. Download from the Apple iBookstore.

Table of Contents


  • Purpose of the guide
  • Things to consider when identifying insects and mites
  • Insect and mite life cycles
  • Symptoms of insect damage
  • What are plant diseases?
  • Types of plant diseases
  • General diseases life cycle

Pests of cucurbits

  • Beetles
  • Aphids
  • Caterpillars
  • Flies
  • Leafhoppers
  • Bugs
  • Thrips
  • Whiteflies
  • Mites

Beneficials of cucurbits

  • Generalist predators
  • Parasitoids
  • Insect pathogens

Diseases of cucurbits

  • Fungal diseases
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Viral diseases
  • Nemotodes

Disorders of cucurbits

  • Nutritional disorders
  • Physiological disorders
  • Chemical disorders