Population and infestation assessment of red pumpkin beetle (Aulacophora foveicollis Lucas) and management using botanicals
Muhammad Aamir Rashid, Muhammad Naeem, Muhammad Tariq, Muhammad Ahsan Khan and Farid Asif Shaheen
Importance of cucurbits is evident from its routine life usage as salad, desert, fruits and as essential part of kitchen item as vegetable. Different aspects responsible for yield reduction contain attack by the insect pest including red pumpkin beetle. This pest cause damage losses 35-75% to seedlings of cucurbits, leaves and fruits stage. Effect of plant three plant extracts viz., Neem seed kernel extract (Azadirachta indica), Moringa oleifera, Aloe vera for the management of the pest was studied during the experiment to screen out one promising botanical. The minimum population (4.31 insects plant-1) and minimum percent leaf infestation (9.1% plant-1) recorded in neem (Azadirachta indica L) treated plots. Population and percent leaf infestation reduction percentage was calculated. Maximum population reduction percentage (36.43 insect plant-1) and maximum percent leaf infestation reduction percentage (37.50% plant-1) was recorded in neem treated plots.
Muhammad Aamir Rashid, Muhammad Naeem, Muhammad Tariq, Muhammad Ahsan Khan, Farid Asif Shaheen. Population and infestation assessment of red pumpkin beetle (Aulacophora foveicollis Lucas) and management using botanicals. J Entomol Zool Stud 2016;4(4):1072-1075.