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Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Biosciences (IJPAB)
Year : 2021, Volume : 9, Issue : 3
First page : (156) Last page : (160)
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Preferable Host Plants of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Larvae in Southern Punjab Pakistan under Laboratory Conditions

Muhammad Ramzan1*, Zohair Abbas2, Usman Aslam2, Syed Muhammad Zeeshan Haider3, Irfan Khalid4, Faisal Mushtaq5, Muhammad Aqib Idrees4, Sajid Ali Shah6
1State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100193, China
2Department of Entomology, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
3Department of Entomology, Gomal University
4Department of Entomology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
5Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha
6Department of Entomology, Luawms University College of Dera Murad Jamali Naseerabad Baluchistan
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Received: 15.04.2021 | Revised: 23.05.2021 | Accepted: 28.05.2021 


Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda is considered an important noctuid moth pest of agricultural crops all over the world and recently become an invasive pest in Pakistan. The crops belonging to Asteraceae, Fabaceae and Poaceae families are highly affected with this pest. The description of host plants is very important in understanding the biology, ecology and application of most effective techniques against the pest. By keeping in view, the importance of this pest, the current study was conducted to evaluate the most preferable host plant such as maize, potato, cabbage, cotton and lehli for this pest in the study area. The results showed that cabbage and maize were the most suitable hosts for larval feeding. The incubation period was recorded 2.00 and 2.12 days on cabbage and maize, respectively. The developmental period of larvae was found longer on cabbage as compared to maize. Potato, cotton and lehli were not found suitable for pest rearing. The study concluded that maize and cabbage are the most suitable hosts for S. frugiperda larvae under natural and controlled conditions.

Keywords: Fall armyworm, Invasive alien species, Hosts, Pakistan.

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Cite this article: Ramzan, M., Abbas, Z., Aslam, U., Haider, S. M. Z., Khalid, I., Mushtaq, F., Idrees, M. A., & Shah, S. H. (2021). Preferable Host Plants of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Larvae in Southern Punjab Pakistan under Laboratory Conditions, Ind. J. Pure App. Biosci. 9(3), 156-160. doi: