Why are the leaves, pods and flowers on my peas and broad beans distorted?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 20 August 2014 02:12 pm

Pea thrips can attack the flowers, leaves and pods of peas and broad beans. This pest is more troublesome in hot, dry summers.

The larvae and the 2mm long, yellow-black adults can be found on affected plants during May and July. They feed on the flowers, leaves and pods which can be distorted. Affected flowers can turn brown and fail to set pods. Where pods are produced they can contain only few peas at the stalk end. The flowers, leaves and pods have a light flecking where this sap sucking insect has fed.

Large infestations can lead to a reduced crop and should be controlled with an insecticide that is suitable for the use on vegetables.


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