OVIPOSITIONAL PREFERENCE OF Liriomyza trifolii (Burgess) TO DIFFERENT HOST PLANTS

P. JEYAKUMAR, S. UTHAMASAMY

Abstract


The serpentine leaf miner, Liriumyza  trifolii (Burgess) (Diptera : Agromyzidae) is a  polyphagous pest attacking several plant species  of Chenopodiaceae, Compositae, Liliaceae,  Cucurbitaceae, Leguminaceae, Malvaceae,  Umbelliferae and Solanaceae (Spencer, 1973). In  India,-L. trifolii an accidental introduction, Was  recorded on 48 species of plants in and around  Saurashtra region (Kapadia, 1994), 79 species of  plants in South India (Srinivasan et al., 1995) and  50 host plants in Tamil Nadu with severe  infestation on six economically important plants  (Natarajan et al., l994).


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