Volume 01, Issue 01      January-March, 2013

Host plants of leaf worm, Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: noctuidae) in Pakistan

Munir Ahmad1*, Abdul Ghaffar2 and Muhammad Rafiq2
1Pir Mehr Ali Shah, Arid Agriculture University, Murree Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
2Entomology Section, Central Cotton Research Institute, Old Shujabad Road, Multan Pakistan

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Spodoptera litura is a notorious leaf feeding insect pest of more than one hundred plants around the Asia-Pacific region. Host plant survey for two years from three different locations in cotton belt revealed 27 plant species as host plants of S. litura belonging to 25 genera of 14 families including cultivated crops, vegetables, weeds, fruits and ornamental plants. Major host plants on which it thrived for maximum period were Gossypium hirsutum L., Ricinus communis L., Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L., Colocasia esculenta L., Trianthema portulacastrum L. and Sesbania sesban L.. Eggs were also collected from tree plants but larvae did not complete their development. Reliance of S. litura on major plant species of cultivated crops necessitates their regular monitoring especially during March to April for their population abundance and early warning for their management on commercial crops like cotton.

Keywords: Spodoptera litura, host selection, major host plants, host preference

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