, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 391–394 | Cite as

Natural enemies of the pumpkin caterpillarDiaphania indica [Lepidoptera: Pyralidae] in Tamil Nadu

  • C. Peter
  • B. V. David


The survey for the natural enemies associated with the pumpkin caterpillar,Diaphania indica revealed the presence of 20 species of parasitoids, predators and pathogens. Of these, 16 were parasitoids belonging to the familiesBraconidae, Ichneumonidae, Bethylidae, Elasmidae andChalcididae. Except for 3 species the remaining parasitoids were new records forD. indica. The predators recorded were ants and spiders. A microsporidia also was recorded for the first time onD. indica.


Diaphania indica natural enemies 


L'inventaire des ennemis naturels associés à la Chenille du PotironDiaphania indica révèle la présence de 20 espèces comprenant des parasitoïdes, des prédateurs et des pathogènes. Parmi eux, 16 étaient des parasitoïdes appartenant aux familles suivantes:Braconidae, Ichneumonidae, Bethylidae, Elasmidae etChalcididae. A l'exception de 3 espèces, tous les parasitoïdes restant étaient signalés pour la première fois deD. indica. Les prédateurs rencontrés furent des fourmis et des araignées. Un microsporida a été rencontré également pour la première fois surD. indica.

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Diaphana indica ennemis naturels 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Peter
    • 1
  • B. V. David
    • 1
  1. 1.Frederick Institute of plant protection and toxicologyPadappaiIndia

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