Peach tree fungus on fruit tree – Giant fungus flies
When I was a child, the guava, mangosteen and goyama fruits were all found in the marketplace of Sabah. Nowadays, the T-rex fruits are the specialty of Sabah. It is a fantastic land of wildlife, be it the great apes or marine wildlife. Fruits include guava, mangosteen, soursop, and some other exotic fruits. These fruits are usually big and colourful as well as delicious. But what we really love is to see a big towering pine tree full of huge fruits. We will sure grab those huge fruits from the tree. But sometimes, some pests pose great danger to our life.
I bet that most of us do not realise that there are some pests living in our backyard. The pests can ruin our fruits or other plants. Fortunately, we are now able to learn about these pests and we are able to control them. Today, we will look at one of these pests, Peach Tree Fungus.
Peach tree fungus – Giant fungus flies
What is Peach tree fungus?
Peach tree fungus is an insect pest which is known as crane flies. They are also known as giant fungus flies as these crane flies are about 3 cm long. According to some authorities, crane flies are about 1.5 to 3.5 cm long while some other authorities claim that crane flies are about 0.5 cm long. Nevertheless, crane flies are really big insects that have long slender legs. But the most striking feature of these huge flies is the deep red colour on the abdomen.
The crane flies feed mainly on the fruit and seeds of plants like the peaches and guavas.
Peach tree fungus is also called crane flies as crane flies are really large insects. One of the most striking features of these crane flies is that they have very long slender legs. Their body length is about 3 cm while their body length is up to 5 cm. The red colour on their abdomen is another striking feature of these huge insects.
What is the life cycle of crane flies?
This life cycle of crane flies is relatively complicated. It depends on many factors. The life cycle of these pests begin with the egg stage. The first stage of the life cycle is the egg stage. It occurs inside the fruits of a host plant. The first stage of the life cycle of these huge insects is the egg stage. The insects hatch from the eggs after they are introduced into the fruit. At the next stage of the life cycle, the insects will suck sap from the bark of the host plants.
The insect parasites, depending on their host plants, have different stages of the life cycle.
Peach tree fungus, according to some authorities, is a serious pest and could cause huge damage. What makes it more devastating is that these pests can be introduced by human activities. Some authorities claim that the parasites can be introduced to different countries. Another area of concern about these huge insects is that they do not really have any predators to keep them under control. They are about 3 cm long, making them quite vulnerable to predators.
What does Peach tree fungus do to the host plant?
When peach tree fungus infects the host plants, they put down their sugary webbing which is on the branches of the tree. The sugary webbing secures the fertile eggs of the parasites. When the pest eggs hatch, their larvae feed on the seeds, buds, bark, leaves and flowers of the host plants. This leads to many distortions on the appearance of the host plant. According to some sources, peach tree fungus can reduce the size of a host plant by 50%. They may also limit the area that is capable of producing fruits.
Sometimes, the growth of host plants can be stunted. The development of the plants may also be affected.
Sometimes, peach tree fungus, by their swarming behaviour, can disrupt the orderly growth of a host plant.
How to control Peach tree fungus?
Peach tree fungus, according to some authorities, is quite a difficult pest to control. Crane flies have a wide range of hosts, they can spread disease to people and their host plants. They can also cause extensive damage to a number of crops. That is why it is so difficult to control these pests. The control of these pests is a difficult task.
To avoid such a situation, we need to be on the look out for this pest. Peach tree fungus usually attacks the trees that produce fruits with the help of wind. Peach tree fungus can even attack trees with the help of the hand. The potential host plants include mango, guava, fig, avocado, lemon, bamboo, and coffee.
When they attack a host plant, they are not that easy to identify. They usually have a dark red spot on the second pair of wings. This dark red spot is similar to the spot seen on the abdomen of these insects. Some authorities suggest that these pests have a light green body. Nevertheless, other authorities claim that the crane flies have a dark green body. In this post, we are only going to talk about the red colour on their abdomen.
If a crane fly starts acting strangely, do not hesitate to keep a closer look at them.
How to remove the pests?
We can only remove them manually or with the help of chemical sprays. Manual removal is the best way to get rid of the pests. First, you need to protect yourself from them as well as the pests.
If you notice these pests, you should keep a close watch over