Night temperatures below normal, days of high temperatures, rain, west winds and east … in short, a spring madness.
But meanwhile, the trees to his, in full set and fattening of the lemon.
This madness has also made the flowering more gradual. This year has not been a particularly strong year for Prayscitri (lepidoptera that attacks lemon flowers as seen in the accompanying image) although temperatures already accompany the increase in adult catches of this pest. We must not forget that these late flowers do harbor this plague and that the fresh fruit, up to 2-3 cm in diameter, is exposed to attack.
Do not let your arms down!
Another insect that also appears in the image among the stamens of the flower is the thrips (Pezothripskellianus). To this one it is necessary to fear him since his larvae depreciate commercially the external aspect of the lemon although later it is confused with the typical damages of the branching of the lemon consequence of the wind.
Very close to the thermal integral of the white and red louse, in addition to the high percentage of immature stages (more likely to have a good effectiveness of the treatment), together with the first symptoms of red spider mite (Tetranychusurticae) in the new buds and trying to avoid the jump of this spider from the leaf to the fruit producing the famous lemon mustache. To combat it, it is advisable to start with the first generation treatment, to avoid having problems in the future with both pests.
Much responsibility for the staggering of the flowering has had the climate but another part is attributable to the hydric state presented by the trees. After the long drought they drag and the inability to meet their water needs, everything slows down and the period of possibility of attack of some plague widens. Although this climatic benevolence has also lengthened the life cycle of predators and parasitoids of these.