The Introduction of Modern Beekeeping

Although bee-keeping with frame hives had first been introduced by early missionaries at the end of the nineteenth century, throughout much of the colonial period the collecting of honey was either through traditional beekeeping methods, or by sporadic and rather opportunistic 'raiding' of the hives in order to obtain the honey. Soon after independence the Malawi government, principally through the Ministry of Agriculture, began to implement various feasibility studies and surveys in order to...

Teaestatemanagers Thyolo

Many other species of grasshoppers and crickets Order Orthoptera occasionally feed on cotton, but do not normally cause extensive damage to the crop - although in certain years they may occur in such large numbers that they inflict local damage that can be quite serious, or even total. These include the following species Gryllotalpa africana Gryllus bimaculatus Brachytrypes membranaceus Enyaliopsis petersi Cymatomera sp Homorocoryphus vicinus Pseudorhynchus pungens Nomadacris septemfasciata...

Caterpillars Lepidoptera

Insect With Spines That Detach

Along with the winged termites, edible caterpillars are the commonest and most esteemed of the edible insects - and seem to be eaten throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Tessman at the beginning of last century recorded that the Pangwe of the Cameroon consumed more than twenty different kinds of edible caterpillar, and recognized each by its specific name and knew its particular host tree Vide Bodenheimer 1951 188 . More recently Carl Silow 1976 has recorded thirty-one edible caterpillars from...