A Note on the Status of Lac Insect Natural Enemies in Arid Western Plains of India
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Keywords:Lac insect, natural enemies, Udaipur
AbstractThe investigations on natural enemies (major predator and parasitoids) of lac insect were carried outÂ in the lac insect museum cum laboratory situated at Department of Entomology, Rajasthan College ofÂ Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur during Katki season 2016 with an aim to record the natural enemies ofÂ lac insect. The results reveal that the three species of hymenopteran parasitoids viz., Erencyrtus dewitziÂ Mahd (88.4%) and Tachardiaephagus tachardiae Howard (5.2%) belonging to family Encyrtidae andÂ Aprostocetus (Tetrastichus) purpureus Cameron (4.2%) belonging to family Eulophidae contributedÂ (97.8%) to the total natural enemies population and two species of Lepidopteran predators viz., EublemmaÂ amabilis (0.70%) belonging to family Noctuidae and Pseudohypatopa (Holcocera) pulverea Meyr (0.3%)Â belonging to family Blastobasidae contributed 1 per cent to the total natural enemies population and oneÂ species of Coleopteran predator i.e. Oryzaephilus spp belonging to family Silvanidae contributed 1.3 perÂ cent to the total natural enemies population.
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