SEASONAL ACTIVITY OF THE POMEGRANATE SHOT HOLE BORER, Xyleborus perforans (Wollastan) (Coleoptera : Scolytidae)
The Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) was recorded as a new host of shot hole borer, Xyleborus perforans (Wollastan) in Maharashtra (Mote, 1991). It's biology and life cycle have been described by Danthanarayan (1973) on tea. Adult female makes deep galleries inside the stem, which hinders the translocation of nutrients and water. The damage caused by shot hole borers were of secondary importance like die back, according to Beeson (I930). Since, last decade, the pest is severe on pomegranate damaging main trunk and branches (Mote and Tambe 1991) in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Of late, in Karnataka (Krishna Naik and Nandihalli, 1996) it is appearing in serious proportions.
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