Acta Biologica Hungarica

, Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 358–367 | Cite as

Electro-Antennographic Response of Helopeltis theivora to Synthetic Pesticides Used in Tea Plantations

  • Kokkadan K. SrikumarEmail author
  • Sukumaran Smitha
  • Bastian S. Kumar
  • Balakrishnan Radhakrishnan


Helopeltis theivora is considered as one of the major pest in tea plantations causing considerable economic damage. Recent control strategies against this notorious polyphagous pest mainly depend on the application of insecticides. The study is focused on the antennal response of H. theivora on exposure to different insecticides using electroantenogram (EAG). The result showed that the insects perceive quinalphos as they are frequently exposed to it. The hierarchy of the EAG response of exposed and unexposed insects was quinalphos > bifenthrin > deltamethrin > thiamethoxam.


Electroantenogram Helopeltis theivora insecticide polyphagous 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kokkadan K. Srikumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sukumaran Smitha
    • 1
  • Bastian S. Kumar
    • 1
  • Balakrishnan Radhakrishnan
    • 1
  1. 1.UPASI Tea Research InstituteValparai, Coimbatore642 127India

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