Maize / Corn
Cultivated Maize at Eldoret, Kenya. July 2014. The lower image shows a maize ear damged by tunneling moth larvae.
Feed on pollen and at injuries.
Enters areas damaged by other bugs.
Cattle don't eat this plant.
Maize has been bred to produce prodigious quantities of edible product. In addition the soil is normally enhanced with chemical or natural fertilizers. Insects and weeds are bound to find such conditions very amenable to their own reproductive efforts. The result of course represents unwanted pests to the farmer. I here present some of the organisms that inhabit maize fields in Kenya. Follow the thumb images for additional images and information.
Insects and Weeds
Poaceae -- Grass Family
Kenya Natural History
Copyright Michael J.
Plagens, page created on 15 October 2014,
updated 29 Oct. 2014.