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Legume Research, volume 44 issue 12 (december 2021) : 1482-1487

Host Preference and Damage Assessment of Pulse Beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus (Fabricius) (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera) on Different Hosts

S. Ramesh Babu, S.V.S. Raju, P.S. Singh, Kamal Ravi Sharma
1Department of Entomology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005, Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Submitted03-12-2019|

  • Accepted14-02-2020|

  • First Online 22-08-2020|

  • doi 10.18805/LR-4292

Cite article:- Babu Ramesh S., Raju S.V.S., Singh P.S., Sharma Ravi Kamal (2021). Host Preference and Damage Assessment of Pulse Beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus (Fabricius) (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera) on Different Hosts. Legume Research. 44(12): 1482-1487. doi: 10.18805/LR-4292.
The host preference of pulse beetle, C. maculatus to selected host grains were evaluated under laboratory conditions in the Department of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, Banaras Hindu University during the year 2018. Cowpea and green gram were most preferred hosts for C. maculatus in terms of oviposition, per cent survival and mean developmental periods. Red gram and soybean were comparatively less preferred host for oviposition (66.38 eggs/50 seeds and 69.00 eggs/50 seeds respectively) than other host grains. In terms of per cent grain damage (92.25%; 90.19%) and per cent weight loss of grains (76.27%; 75.92%) cowpea and green gram were most preferable hosts respectively after 120 days after insect inoculation. 
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