Coconut bug (<i>Pseudotheraptus wayi</i>)
Adult bugs are reddish brown in colour and 12 to 14 mm long. Nymphs are red brown to green brown in colour and have long antennae. Bug feeding causes necrotic bruise-like depressions; a hard lump develops, which can be easily removed when the fruit is peeled. The bug sucks on the developing fruits causing pockmarks. The kernels are also affected showing spots, which lower their market value.
- Conserve natural enemies. Weaver ants nest on cashew trees deterring and feeding on coconut bugs.