International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 373–376 | Cite as

Oviposition Behaviour of Spotted Bollworm, Earias Vittella Fab. on Some Cotton Genotypes

  • H. C. Sharma
  • R. A. Agarwal


—The oviposition behaviour of spotted bollworm, Earias vittella Fab. was studied on 23 cotton genotypes under field and laboratory conditions. There were substantial differences in the number of eggs laid on different genotypes. More eggs were deposited on the bolls compared to leaves and squares. The relative oviposition preference differed under the field and laboratory conditions in the case of some genotypes. Leaf hairiness was significantly and positively correlated with number of eggs laid both under field and laboratory conditions. The effect of oviposition on varietal susceptibility appeared to be modified through other factors, such as gossypol and tannins. However, oviposition non-preference was one of the important resistance mechanisms in some cotton genotypes.

Key Words

Oviposition behaviour spotted bollworm cotton bolls squares host plant resistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. C. Sharma
    • 1
  • R. A. Agarwal
    • 1
  1. 1.Indian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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