Bug Scout 1980
Help From A Specialist
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Seems to me you could identify it - most of the parts are there!
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November 15, 1980

Many factors influence crop production, including a variety of pests.  Some pest problems cannot be identified easily, when this happens, the help of a specialist may be necessary.

The best way to get help from a specialist is to send a sample of the crop or pests.  Include as much field information as possible.  Planting date, field cropping history, crop variety, soil types, weather conditions, and chemicals used on the crop may help with the diagnosis.

Make sure samples sent for diagnosis are in good shape.  Adult insects should be packed so that they can't be crushed.  Immature insects should be preserved in alcohol.  Plant samples should be kept moist when possible.'
It's true that you can't tell about a book from the cover.  It's also true that you can't tell much about a pest problem from a couple of insect legs or dried up leaves.  Even an entomologist has trouble identifying an insect that has been through an automatic stamp canceling machine!

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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