Table 2. Percentage of respondents identifying termites that attack crop plants by local names in eastern Zambia (source: Sileshi, unpublished data)

Crop Number of respondentsa Percentage of cases where the termite’s local name was mentioned or unknown
Magenge Kalanzi Muswe Chiswe Gegedule Mphusi Kauni Unknown
Maize 87 (100) 45.3 30.5 11.6 5.2 1.1 0 1.1 5.3
Groundnut 78 (89.7) 37.8 34.6 12.7 5.1 1.2 1.3 1.3 6.1
Sunflower 24 (27.6) 45.8 33.3 12.5 8.3 0 0 0 0
Cotton 23 (26.4) 47.8 17.4 13.0 8.7 0 4.4 0 8.7
Soybean 19 (21.8) 68.4 21.1 5.3 0 0 0 0 5.3
Beans 17 (19.5) 41.2 35.3 11.8 0 5.9 0 0 5.9
Cassava 12 (13.8) 58.3 25.0 0 8.3 0 0 0 8.3
Cowpea 3 (3.4) 33.4 66.6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0

aFigures in parentheses represent percentage of respondents out of a total of 87