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Biology of Newly Recorded Predator Antilochus coquebertii of Red Cotton Bug, Dysdercus koenigii Fabricius (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae) from Pakistan

Biology of Newly Recorded Predator Antilochus coquebertii of Red Cotton Bug, Dysdercus koenigii Fabricius (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae) from Pakistan

Rabia Saeed1, Muhammad Naveed1, Muhammad Razaq2*, Muhammad Rafiq1, Muhammad Tahir Jan1, Syed Ishfaq Ali Shah1, Shabana Wazir1 and Fahad Munir3

1Entomology Department, Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI), Old Shujaabad Road, Multan, Pakistan
2Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan,60800, Pakistan
3The Environmental Science Department, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Vehari, Pakistan

*      Corresponding author: muhammadrazaq@bzu.edu.pk; mrazaq_2000@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Dysdercus koenigii Fabricius (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae) has become destructive pest of cotton since 2011. The pest causes severe lint staining and seed germination reduction problems. Antilochus coquebertii (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae) is significant predator of the genus Dysdercus and other members of the pyrrhocoridan family. In the present annotation, we record for the first time A. coquebertii in cotton growing areas of Dera Isamil Khan, Muzafar Garh and Multan districts, Pakistan.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 52, Iss. 4, Pages 1225-1630

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