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Insect Pest os Aonla in Hot Arid Region

Insect Pest os Aonla in Hot Arid Region

Aonla mealy bug (Nipaecoccus viridis)

  • Found in several countries in the Afro-tropical, Asian (including Hawaiian islands), Oriental and Palearctic regions.

Host Range

  • It is highly polyphagous pest in India. It mainly infects aonla, citrus, cotton, jute etc

Nature of Damage

  • Primarily occurring on foliage and fruit of host.
  • The attacked new shoots are found bending and twisting with yellowing of leaves.
Nature of damage
  • In case of severe infestation, twigs become leafless and dry.
  • Excessive excretion of honeydew is noticed.
  • Flowers dry up and drop

Description

  • Body round or broadly oval; somewhat flattened dorso-ventrally; purple or blue green; covered by thick white, creamy, or pale yellow wax.
  • Ovisac covering dorsum; probably with 5 or 6 pairs of lateral wax filaments.
Description
  • Apparently oviparous, eggs purple.
  • Dorsum probably with waxy filaments.
  • Ventral multilocular pores usually on all abdominal segments and on head.

Source: Insect Pest of Arid Fruit Crops

IPM for Amla

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