A lygus nymph captured with digital equipment

Photos: Digital technology delivers faster insect ID

Digital imagery - including Smartphones, SLR cameras, and hand-held microscopes - help pest control advisers and growers identify damaging insects faster and thereby allow timely applications of insecticides to reduce crop damage.

One such user is entomologist John Palumbo of the University of Arizona who holds magnification lenses against his iPhone lens to get much closer, intricate photos of insects.