Survey for Natural Enemies of Pomegranate Butterfly, Deudorix epijarbas Moore in Himachal Pradesh


Abstract

Survey for the natural enemiesof pomegranate butterfly, Deudorix epijarbas Moore in district Kullu of Himachal Pradesh revealed the occurrence of three egg parasites, viz., Anastatus sp. nr. kashmirensis Mathur, Aphelinus gossypii Timberlake and Telenomus cyrus Nixon, two larval parasites, viz., Apanteles obliquae Wilkinson and Apanteles sp., vitripennis group. Laboratory-reared species of Trichogramma viz., T. brasiliensis, T. exiguum, T. chilonis, T. minutum and T. perkins did not parasitise the eggs in the laboratory as well as in the field.

Keywords

Pomegranate Butterfly, Deudorix epijarbas, Egg and Larval Parasites.

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