Status of Shoot and Fruit Borer, Conogethes punctiferalis Guenee (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), in Central India

  • K. R. Yatish
  • V. J. Tambe
  • J. C. Ankush
  • P. N. Guru


Central India is of strategic importance for the Conogethes moths as the tropical and subtropical climes the region provides facilitates dispersal and expansion of its host range, thereby enabling the pest to feed and proliferate. Biological studies of C. punctiferalis on castor have revealed that the average life cycle of the borer lasts for 22–25 days. Life table analysis revealed that apart from some unknown factors, parasitization and nonavailability of alternate hosts, especially during off-season, contribute to the mortality of larvae and pupae. Off-season survival on alternate hosts plays a key role in the population and continuation of borer infestation in the subsequent seasons.


Bioecology Central India Conogethes Life table 



Authors are thankful to the authorities of the Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola and Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri for the facilities and encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. R. Yatish
    • 1
  • V. J. Tambe
    • 2
  • J. C. Ankush
    • 3
  • P. N. Guru
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Entomology and NematologyICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBengaluruIndia
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural EntomologyDr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV)AkolaIndia
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyMahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV)AhmednagarIndia

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