A Systematic checklist and species richness of insect pests associated with vegetable crops in Jammu & Kashmir State (India)
Deen Mohd Bhat and Fayaz Ahmad Ahangar
The present study aimed at providing an up-to-date and systematic checklist of Insect pests of vegetable crops of the State of J&K (India). The study was based on the survey and documentation of the literature published, from time to time, pertaining to Insect Pests of vegetable crops in this region. The checklist presented in this paper recorded 102 insect pest species associated with 39 species of cultivated and wild type of host vegetable crops in the state of J&K (India). These insect pest species belonged to 34 insect families under 9 insect orders and 76 Insect genera. The order and family wise species richness of these pests were encapsulated. It was observed that out of the total insect pests recorded on the checklist, 24 species each belonged to orders Coleoptera & Lepidoptera, 15 species belonged to order Hemiptera,13 species belonged to order Homoptera,11 species each belonged to orders Diptera & Thysanoptera, 2 species belonged to order Orthoptera, and 1 species each belonged to orders Dermoptera & Hymenoptera. It was also evident from this study that the highest number of insect pest species belonged to family Aphididae (Homoptera) representing 12 species, followed by families, Thripidae (Thysanoptera) with 11 species, Scarabidae (Coleoptera) with 9 species and Noctuidae (Lepidoptera) with 8 species.
Deen Mohd Bhat, Fayaz Ahmad Ahangar. A Systematic checklist and species richness of insect pests associated with vegetable crops in Jammu & Kashmir State (India). J Entomol Zool Stud 2018;6(2):328-338.