Screening Aid to Pests

Screening Aid to Pests (SAP) is aimed primarily at the novice entomologist. It is designed to help users determine which type of arthropod palm pest they have found and features illustrated fact sheets with descriptions of each pest as well as two interactive keys. There is an adult key that helps the user with identifying the order of the pest, and then offers the ability to identify to a lower rank, such as family, genus, or species, as well as a key to select larval species. In the keys themselves, common language terms are used to help support use of the keys by inexperienced individuals. However, in order to maximize their value and validity, some specialized entomological terminology appears in the fact sheets. A glossary with links from the fact sheets, as well as an an illustrated primer to insect anatomy, assist the user in understanding such terms.

SAP also includes taxa for which there are only a few pest representatives for palms, including moths and butterflies (Order Lepidoptera), termites (Order Isoptera), thrips (Order Thysanoptera), and true bugs and hoppers (Order Hemiptera). Click here for a list of taxa included in SAP.