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Evaluation of Different Diets for Mass Rearing of Coccinella undecimpunctata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

Evaluation of Different Diets for Mass Rearing of Coccinella undecimpunctata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

Marryam Bakhtawar1, Qamar Saeed1* and Naeem Iqbal2

1Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800, Pakistan
2Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan 32200, Pakistan

* Corresponding author: qamarsaeed@bzu.edu.pk

ABSTRACT

Evaluation of potential of four diets in larval development of lady bird beetle, Coccinella undecimpunctata, under laboratory conditions was done. These include mustard aphids (Lipaphis erysimi) cotton mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis), grain moth eggs (Sitotroga cerealella) and honey. Results revealed complete development of all larval stages on all diets with maximum survival of lady bird beetle larvae on mustard aphid (76.6%) followed by on grain moth’s eggs (20%), immature mealybugs (6%) and the least survival on honey. These findings can lead to the discovery of new artificial diets for the C. undecimpunctata for the mass release in fields in order to biologically control a number of pests for an eco-friendly pest control system.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 51, Iss. 6, Pages 1999-2399

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