Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2016, Page: 13-17
Feeding Behavior and Food Preference of Red Pumpkin Beetle, Aulacophora Foveicollis
Md. Nazirul Islam Sarker, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Md. Arshad Ali, Department of Entomology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Md. Shahidul Islam, Department of Plant Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Md. Azizul Bari, Department of Entomology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Received: Oct. 4, 2016;       Accepted: Oct. 25, 2016;       Published: Nov. 16, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajpb.20160101.12      View  2886      Downloads  112
The experiment was laid out in the completely randomized design (CRD) and mean values were ranked by Duncan’s New Multiple Range Test (DMRT). Three cucurbit hosts such as sweet gourd, bottle gourd and bitter gourd were selected to conduct this research work. Host suitability was measured following force feeding and choice feeding bioassays. Under laboratory condition, feeding behavior and food preference were studied on three different host plants viz. sweet gourd, bottle gourd and bitter gourd. Food consumption by the larva and the adult was highest on sweet gourd (19600 ±7.9mm2, 1944.33±89.51 mm2) followed by bottle gourd (185.00 ± 12.29 mm2, 1657.00 ± 62.80 mm2). In case of bitter gourd the larvae died aftertwo days of release and the lowest food consumption (8.00 ± 1.53 mm2) was found by adult. The larval duration and the adult duration were highest on bottle gourd (20.67 ± 0.99 days, 43.33 ± 0.88 days) followed by sweet gourd (16.67 ± 0.99 days, 40.33 ± 0.88 days). Considering food consumption, sweet gourd appeared to be the best suitable host plant among the three different host plants for Aulacophora foveicollis. The study will help researcher, agricultural policy maker and agricultural extension worker for effective pest management, developing resistant variety and cost effective pesticides.
Red Pumpkin Beetle, Feeding Behavior, Food Preference, Host Plant, Pest Management
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Md. Nazirul Islam Sarker, Md. Arshad Ali, Md. Shahidul Islam, Md. Azizul Bari, Feeding Behavior and Food Preference of Red Pumpkin Beetle, Aulacophora Foveicollis, American Journal of Plant Biology. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2016, pp. 13-17. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpb.20160101.12
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