The worldwide status of phasmids (Insecta: Phasmida) as pests of agriculture and forestry, with a generalised theory of phasmid outbreaks

Edward Baker
  • Agriculture & Food Security, December 2015, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1186/s40066-015-0040-6

Pest species of stick insect

What is it about?

Stick insects have been reported as pests of timber forests and food crops for over a century. This paper reviews the worldwide status of stick insects as pests, and reviews explanations given for outbreaks. The conditions required for outbreaks to happen are modified from historical Australian perspectives to a global scale.

Why is it important?

Previous reports of stick insects as pests have focused on local outbreaks. This is the first work to put the pest status of stick insects into a global context.

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