Lepidopterans found aggressively devouring mango panicles: A paradigm shift in pest status

P D KAMALA JAYANTHI, T NAGARAJA, T RAGHAVA, VIVEK KEMPRAJ, B.R. JAYANTHI MALA, P.R. SHASHANK

Abstract


In the recent past, mango inflorescences in India are being heavily attacked by multiple species
of polyphagous caterpillars belonging to families viz., Crambidae, Nolidae, Lymantridae, Tortricidae, Eutellidae,
Hespiiridae, Pyralidae, Noctuidae etc. (Order: Lepidoptera). These caterpillars are causing severe damage to mango
flowers than conventional pests like hoppers. The possible reasons for this observed change in the pest dynamics on
mango flowers have been discussed in detail in this report


Keywords


Mangifera indica, inflorescence, lepidopteran pests, herbivore interactions, climate change, insecticides

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