Diversity & seasonal incidence of mulberry insect pests from Ahmednagar (M.S) India
Popat P Pathare, Chandrashekhar J Hiware
Mulberry plant (Morus spp.) is important sole food for mulberry silkworm (Bombyx mori L.). Mulberry plants play unique role in silk productions but many insect pests are attacking on mulberry plant and they adversely affect on plant which result in deteriorations of quality and productions of leaves. The present study was conducted during April-2015 to March 2017 from different fields of Mulberry crop from Ahmednagar district. The result shows that, different insect pests are damaging the Mulberry crop from the study area which causes heavy economical loss to sericulturists. Pest found on the mulberry crop from study area are Bihar hairy caterpillar, Leaf roller, Wingless grasshopper, Thrips, Mealy bug, Read hairy caterpillar, Tree hopper. The present study is carried out to know diversity of mulberry insect pests & seasonal incidence, nature of damage, symptoms of insect pests of mulberry in fields from various sites in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state, India. The results of the field study revealed that the incidence of Bihar hairy caterpillar started from August to January where as it was occurred in all the fields of mulberry garden it indicate that the Bihar hairy caterpillar is major insect pest of mulberry garden in study area.