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Development of an Artificial Diet for the Laboratory Rearing of the Spotted Bollworm, Earias Vittella (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

  • A. J. Tamhankar
  • K. Shantharam
  • M. R. Harwalkar
  • G. W. Rahalkar
Research Article

Abstract

Artificial diets were formulated and evaluated for their suitability to rear the spotted bollworm, Earias vittella, a major pest of cotton and okra. The most satisfactory diet consisted of maize semolina 11%, wheat bran 4.6%, soybean powder 2.4%, yeast 1.4%, salt mixture 0.9%, ascorbic acid 0.3 %, cellulose 0.9 %, agar 1.8%, water 76.7% and preservatives. The insect was reared on this diet for 10 generations without any adverse effect on its development and reproductive potential.

Key Words

Spotted bollworm Earias vittella Lepidoptera Noctuidae artificial diet rearing 

Résumé

Plusieurs régimes, composés des produits alimentaires facilement disponibles, étaient étudiés pour leur capacité de cultivar le vers taché Earias vittella F., qui est une peste du coton et du gombo. Le régime qui s’est montré le plus satisfaisant comprenait 11% de semoule de maïs, 4.6% de son de blé, 2.4% de soya en poudre, 1.4% de levure, 0.9% d’un melange du sel, 0.3% d’acide ascorbique, 0.9% de cellulose, 1.8% d’agar, 76.7% de l’eau et des conservatifs. L’insectes était cultivée sur ce régime durant 10 generations sans aucun effet défavorable sur son développement et sur sa capacité de reproduction.

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© ICIPE 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Tamhankar
    • 1
  • K. Shantharam
    • 1
  • M. R. Harwalkar
    • 1
  • G. W. Rahalkar
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuclear Agriculture DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreTrombay, BombayIndia

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