International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 719–723 | Cite as

Competition Between the Phycitid Moths Plodia Interpunctella (HUBN.) and Ephestia Cautella (WLK.) in Groundnuts and on a Laboratory Diet

  • J. Allotey
  • L. Goswami
Research Article


Competition between Plodia interpunctella (Hubn.) and Ephestia cautella (Wlk.) was studied in groundnuts and in a limited amount of standard medium (maize meal, wheat bran and glycerol at the ratio of 8:8:1) (w/w) when the species were reared separately (conditions PI and EC), when one was added before the other (conditions P+E/2 and E+P/2) and when both were introduced together (condition PI/EC). Separately, each species was well maintained on the standard medium, while E. cautella was the better competitor in groundnuts under conditions E+P/2 and PI/EC. The results offer a possible explanation for the pest status and distribution of the two moths species in groundnuts and where their ranges overlap, especially in the tropics.

Key Words

Plodia interpunctella Ephestia cautella competition generation population 


La concurrence entre Plodia interpunctella (Hubn.) et Ephestia cautella (Wlk.) était étudiée dans les arachides et dans le moyen standard limité(maïs/blé/glycerol, 8:8:1, w/w) quand les espèces faisaient subsistées separatement (condition PI et EC), quand une était ajoutée avant l’autre (Conditions P+E/2 et E+P/2) et quand les deux étaient introduits ensemble (condition PI/EC). Separatement, les deux espèces P. interpunctella et E. cautella faisaient bien subsistées sur le moyen standard, pendant que E. cautella était la meilleur concurrent contre P. interpunctella dans les aruchides sur conditions E+P/2 et PI/EC. Les résultats offrent l’explication possible pour les rangs des insectes nuisibles et la distribution des deux teignes espèces dans les arachides et où ses portées enchevauchent particulièrement aux tropiques.

Mots Clés

Plodia interpunctella Ephestia cautella competition génération population 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Allotey
    • 1
  • L. Goswami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesRivers State University of Science and TechnologyNkpolu, Port HarcourtNigeria

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