The lace bug Cochlochila bullita (Stal) (Heteroptera: Tingidae), A destructive pest of medicinal plant, Ocimum tenuiflorum L. in Jaipur, India
Shruti Sharma, Dr. Mridula Chaturvedi
Ocimum tenuiflorum L. a versatile medicinal herb in the family Lamiaceae, is best known for wide therapeutic applications and its economic importance due to presence of substantial metabolites viz., eugenol and caryophyllene. In Jaipur, this is the first incidence of lace bug Cochlochila bullita was reported on Ocimum tenuiflorum in natural field conditionsduring 2015-2016. The infestation pattern mainly results in rolling, withering and drying of leaf tips by piercing-sucking of the cell sap from the supple leaves of tulsi.The damage it caused to Ocimum shows that it has an vivid potential as a dominant pest.