Volume 6, Issue 1      January - March, 2018

Effect of insecticides on Coccinella septempunctata (Coleoptera; Coccinellidae); A review

Aqsa Sattar1, Iqra Azam1*, Muhammad Kaleem Sarwar1, Afifa Amjad1, Muhammad Faheem Malik2

1 Department of Zoology, University of Gujrat, Sub-Campus Narowal, Narowal, Pakistan

2 Department of Zoology, University of Gujrat, Hafiz Hayat Campus, Gujrat, Pakistan


Coccinella septempunctata is the generalist, representative predator that is potentially used as biological control agent in many crop pest management programs. A comprehensive and critical review of published and formerly unpublished studies was accomplished to evaluate the effects of insecticides such as imidacloprid, hexaflumuron, dimethoate, deltamethrin, pyriproxyfen, spinosad, lambda-cyhalothrin, bifenthrin, acetamiprid, fenazaquin, quinalphos and neemix on C. septempunctata. Data generated clearly indicates severe effects of used insecticides on its neurophysiological and behavioral responses indicating loss of co-ordination, paralysis as well as reduce fecundity, longevity and growth. Further studies are required to focus mainly on the measure to evaluate their real effects under field conditions

Keywords:  C. septempunctata, Biological control agent, Predatory efficacy, Imidacloprid, Pyriproxyfen

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