Presence and Abundance of Different Insect Predators Against Sucking Insect Pest of Cotton
The study on appearance and abundance of different insect predators against sucking insect pest of cotton in field conditions was conducted in the farmer`s field, Kot Banglow District Khairpur, Pakistan. The population of sucking insect pests and insect predators were observed 20 days after sowing of the cotton crop. The insects were counted with the help of the magnifier lens. The analysis of data indicates that there was highly significant difference in days of observations, population of sucking insect pests and predator population. The mean maximum population of whitefly (31.98 plant-1) was observed in first week of the September at relative mean temperature 32.60°C, however the maximum population of thrips (29.96 plant-1) and jassids (3.93 plant-1) was found in last week of the August at relative mean temperature 32.88°C. The maximum overall means of whitefly in various observation days were observed (15.90 plant-1), followed by thrips (14.30 plant-1) and jassid (2.08 plant-1). The predator population of Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea, Big eyed bug, Geocoris punctipes linearly increased but the population of Pirate bug, Orius insidiosus decreased in the last week of August at relative mean temperature 32.88°C. The maximum overall means of Green Lacewing in various observation days was 2.07 plant-1), followed by Pirate bug (1.84 plant-1) and Big eyed bug (1.28 plant-1). The results indicated that the sucking insect pests were below the economic injury level at all phenological stages of the cotton plant due to the regular increase in predator population. The predators were active throughout the cotton season due to non-application of pesticides in and around the experimental area. The correlation coefficient (R = 0.563) showed a positive relationship between insect predators and sucking insect pest population. The increase in sucking insect population also exhibited an increase in predator population in observed days and trend line shows increase in insect predator population with sucking insect pest population during the growth stages of cotton crop.
Cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L., belonging to genus Gossypium, family
Malvaceae; Order Mallow is one of the main commercial and most important cash
crop of many warm climate countries of the world i.e., USA, Egypt, Brazil, Sudan,
China, India and Pakistan. Cotton plant is sun loving and requires 180 days
with temperature 28 to 35°C. The crop requires approximately 30 inches of
rain or irrigation (Afzal, 1986). There are many constraints for low yield of
cotton; one of them is the damage caused by insect pests. Cotton is very sensitive
in nature and damaged at its different phenological stages by different insect
pests, which attack the roots, shoots, tender leaves and fruiting bodies. Among
all insect pests, the sucking insect pests of the cotton i.e., whitefly, thrips
and jassid are serious and dangerous. The nymphs as well as adults suck the
cell sap of leaves and other tender parts there by weakening the cotton plant
(Naqvi, 1973). It is estimated that in Pakistan 20 to 30% of the crop loss every
year due to the insect pests (Zahoor, 1999). Predators are natural enemies they
consume several preys during their development. They are usually considerably
larger than their prey and are active hunters or ambushers. In entomology biological
control of sucking insect pests of cotton i.e., whitefly, thrips and jassid
is made through the insect predators i.e., Green Lacewing, Pirate bug and Big
eyed bug. Adult Green Lacewing Chrysoperla carnea are pale green, about
12-20 mm long, with long antennae and bright, golden eyes. They have large,
transparent, pale green wings and a delicate body. Pale green oval shaped eggs
were observed at the end of long distinctive silken stalks in bottom and middle
plant layer on cotton plant leaves. The larvae, which are very active, are gray
or brownish and alligator like with well-developed legs and a pair of curved,
sickle-shaped sucking mouthparts used to puncture the prey and suck out the
internal body fluids (Mahar and Ridgway, 1993). Kapadia and Puri (1990) reported
from India that Bemisia tabaci was observed that attacked by Chrysoperla
carnea and six aphelinid parasitoids in cotton fields. Gerling et al.
(1997) observed that the population fluctuations of the common green lacewing,
Chrysoperla carnea Stephens and those of the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia
tabaci (Gennadius), were followed for 4 years in cotton, Gossypium hirsutum
L., fields in Israel. Samples were taken and insecticidal controls were applied
to determine the importance of C. carnea as a controlling factor of Bemisia
in cotton. The results showed that although the lacewings occurred in the field
together with Bemisia and their larvae fed on Bemisia nymphs, C. carnea
was not an efficient controlling agent of whiteflies. Balasubramani and Swamiappan
(1998) observed in Laboratory that early-instar nymphs of Amrasca biguttula
biguttula were preferred as prey by Chrysoperla carnea, each larva
of the predator consuming 4.8, 20.6 and 59.6 first, second and third-instar
nymphs, respectively. Fourth and fifth-instar nymphs and adults were highly
mobile and could not be preyed on by the chrysopid. Adult lacewings need nectar
or honeydew as food before egg laying and they also feed on cotton flower pollen.
Pirate Bugs are very small (3 mm long), oval-shaped and black with white wing
patches. Nymphs are small, wingless yellow-orange to brown in colour, teardrop-shaped
and fast moving. Both adults and nymphs feed by sucking juices from their prey
through a sharp; needle-like beak (rostrum). Orius holds its prey with its front
legs and inserts its beak into the host body, generally several times, until
the soft body is empty and only the exoskeleton remains. Big eyed bug, Geocoris
punctipes is compact, brightly coloured, most abundant and important predator
of many insect species in cotton crop and on all life stages of whiteflies,
thrips and jassid eggs of the bollworms. Their most distinguishing characteristic
is their large, bulging eyes. Big eyed bug walk with a distinctive waggle. Both
the immatures and adults feed by sucking juices from their prey through a needle-like
beak. Adults and immatures can consume dozens of prey per day Geocoris (Hagler
and Cohen, 1991). Avila et al. (2001) conducted a survey to identify
the natural enemies of whiteflies in various crops and regions of Colombia and
Ecuador. Various samples of whiteflies and its predators were collected and
identified. Predators, Delphastus pusillus, Hyperaspis festiva,
Delphastus sp., Nephaspis sp., Geocoris sp., Chrysopa
sp. as natural enemies and potential biological control agents of whiteflies.
However, due to the small size and cryptic nature of this beneficial, quantification
of predation in the field is difficult (Hagler and Naranjo, 1994). Keeping in
view the above facts and economic importance of Integrated Pest Management in
the cotton crop, the study on appearance and abundance of different insect predators
(natural enemies) against sucking insect pests of cotton in field conditions
was conducted. It is hoped that this information will encourage further studies
and awareness rising of the Biological Control in Integrated Pest Management
of cotton crop in the field of agriculture.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The field study on appearance and abundance of different insect predators against sucking insect pests of cotton was conducted at the farmers field, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan during, Kharif (June 4, 2005).
Four locations each having area 30x30 m was selected. Twenty-five whole
plants were randomly selected from each replication for weekly observed visually
for the number of immature and mature population of sucking insect pests (whitefly
Bemisia tabaci, thrips Thrips tabaci and jassid Amrasca devastans)
and predators (Green lacewing Chrysoperla carnea, Pirate bug Orius
insidiosus and Big eyed bug Geocoris punctipes). The whole plant
was observed from bottom to top and both sides (first upper and after that lower
side) of the plant leaves. The insect population was carefully counted with
the help of 5x magnifier lens.
Cotton Cultural Practices
Preparation of Land
The experimental area was first ploughed with the help of furrow turning plough followed by leveling for the equal supply of the irrigation water.
Variety of Cotton
Variety of Cotton CIM-109 was sown.
Seed Rate and Method of Sowing
The recommended seed rate 12 kg acre-1 was applied through dibbling
method and seed were placed on the both sides of the furrows.
Three interculturings were performed in the experimental field for eradication
of weeds near the root zone of plant for nutrient availability and weed control.
The recommended level of the fertilizer one bag of Diammonium phosphate
(DAP) per acre before the time of sowing and one bag of Nitrogen Phosphate Potassium
(NPK) was supplied to the experimental plot at flowering stage of cotton crop.
After sowing, the first irrigation was applied after 15 days and subsequent
irrigations were applied as per requirement of crop.
The four replicated data within plant population of sucking insect pests
and population of predators were gathered through random whole plant sampling
method. The first observation was taken twenty days after sowing of crop and
continued with weekly interval up to first picking. The data were analyzed following
the procedures of (Gomez and Gomez, 1984).
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Population of Sucking Insect Pests in Cotton Crop
Average weekly population of sucking insect pests i.e., whitefly Bemisia
tabaci (Genn.) Aleyrodidae; Homoptera, thrips Thrips tabaci (Linn.)
Thripidae; Thysanoptera and jassid, Amrasca devastans (Dist.) Cicadellidae;
Homoptera. The nymphs and adults were recorded in cotton crop during June to
September (Table 1). The data indicates that maximum mean
population of whitefly, 31.98 plant-1 in the first week of September
at relative temperature 32.60°C, thrips 29.96 plant-1 and jassids
3.93 plant-1 were observed in the last week of August on relative
temperature 32.88°C during the study period. The observations for sucking
insects showed that insects emerged from eggs had lazy movement and suck the
sap from foliage, incontrast predators move fast in search of the food. The
result supported by Sewify et al. (1996) who reported that the sucking
insects on cotton and their associated predators. The highest population of
Thrips tabaci occurred on the early sown crop, but the population density
was very low on the late-sown crop. In late-sown plants in all 3 years, the
maximum population densities of sucking insects (Aphis gossypii, Bemisia
tabaci and Empoasca decipiens) occurred during August and September.
The abundance of associated predators appeared to coincide with the seasonal
abundance. Comparatively, maximum sucking insect pest population were observed
in the last week of August and first week of September with vegetative growth
and succulence of leaves coupled with maximum temperature. Elhagag (1998) studied
the pests i.e., cotton aphid, Aphis gossypii, tomato whitefly, Bemisia
tabaci, leafhoppers, Empoasca spp. and onion thrips, Thrips tabaci,
spiny bollworm. Earias insulana and the pink bollworm, Pectinophora
gossypiella. The studied predators were ladybird Coccinella undecimpunctata
and Scymnus sp., rove beetle, Paederus alfierii, flower bugs.
Orius sp., green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea and some unidentified
true spiders (Araneae). The results showed that the population of cotton aphid,
the tomato whitefly and the leafhoppers occurred in relatively low numbers during
the early season and later on disappeared from cotton fields. The population
of these pests reappeared and increased again in relatively high numbers during
the second half of the growing season to reach its maximum level of abundance
on 19, 5 and 5 August month of 1996, respectively and on 19 August, 29 July
and 12 August of the 1997, respectively.
population of sucking insect pests and predators in cotton crop during
June to September 2005
= Observation Days After Sowing; Crop Sowing Date 4-6-2005
The population of onion thrips appeared during the second week of April in
both seasons and fluctuated to reach its maximum abundance level on 24 June
and 6 May of 1996 and 1997, respectively. The population fluctuation of associated
predators was studied and the mean number of each predator during the whole
season was calculated. The obtained results showed that the peak of these predators
occurred in late June and during July of both seasons. Vennila (1998) reported
that the abundance of sucking pests, jassids, Amrasca biguttula biguttula
and aphids, Aphis gossypii and their native predators, Cheilomenes
sexmaculata and Chrysoperla carnea, on nine hybrids (NHH 44, PKV
HY2, Kirti, JKHy1, H4, H6, H8, Savita and HH2) and four open pollinated cultivars
(CNH 36, LRK 516,LRA 5166 and Supriya) of cotton was studied under rainfed conditions
of Maharashtra. In general, hybrids harbored more number of jassids (4.85 plant-1)
and aphids (47.56%) than the open pollinated cultivars (4.22 plant-1
and 38.88%, respectively). Predators were almost four times higher on hybrids
(2.4 plant-1) than on the open pollinated cultivars (0.55 plant-1).
Among hybrids, NHH 44 and PKV Hy 2 were consistently tolerant and H4 was highly
susceptible to both the aphids and jassids. Differential reaction of cultivars
to jassids and aphids was also observed. Varying nature of associations of jassids
and aphids to their predators was manifested by cultivars. While associations
of jassids and predators were significantly positive on Kirti (R = 0.93), H6
(R = 0.86) and Savita (R = 0.86), it was negative on PKV Hy 2 (R = -0.66). The
only significant aphid-predator association was negative in relation to CNH
36 (R = -0.69). This suggests that the compatibility of natural enemies and
sucking pests would facilitate developing new cultivars and pest management
models and modify thresholds. The over all maximum means of whitefly in various
observation days were (15.90 plant-1), followed by thrips (14.30
plant-1) and jassids (2.08 plant-1). There after, the
pest population decreased due to physiological maturity of leaves and lower
range of temperature. It shows that temperature was favourable for pest population
on cotton crop coupled with succulent leaves containing sufficient chlorophyll.
Population of Insect Predators in Cotton Crop
Mean predator population of Green Lacewing Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens)
Chrysopidae; Neuroptera, Pirate bug Orius insidiosus (Say) Anthocoridae;
Hemiptera and Big eyed bug, Geocoris punctipes (Say) Lygaeidae; Heteroptera,
the nymphs and adults appeared on cotton crop during June to September at weekly
intervals. The data Table 1 indicates that the predator population
of Green Lacewing on the crop was found in the last observation i.e., in the
month of June. The result are supported by Mannan et al. (1995) reported
that in Indian Punjab, India, Chrysoperla carnea laid eggs on cotton
during the first week of July and afterwards, the eggs were present throughout
the crop season. Mallah et al. (2001) observed that the predators appeared
10 days after germination of cotton plant. The species observed during the season
were i.e., chrysoperla, orius, geocoris, spiders, coccinellids, zanchius and
campylomma. Khuhro et al. (2002) reported that the population abundance
of predators in alfalfa and cotton fields were Campylomma nicolasi,
Brumus suturalis, Staphylinid hutchinsoni, Paederus fuscipes,
Coccinella undecimpunctata, Orius laevigatus, Chrysoperla carnea,
Geocoris tricolor, Formicomus antiqumus, Laius malleifer,
Delta sp. and Spider (un-identified). These predators were active throughout
the cotton season with a peak population during July and August. Yuan et
al. (1996) from China showed that the cotton fields had abundant predators
of cotton insects. They found 8 species of lady birds (Coccinellidae), 4 species
of green lacewings (Chrysopidae), 10 species of spider mite (Acari), 4 species
of Epistrophe sp. and 3 species of Orius sp. on cotton crop.
The population of predators had two peaks: 25 June-15 July and 25 July-15 August.
The mean population of Green Lacewing and Big eyed bug increased during the
entire study period, however the population of Pirate bug decreased slowly during
the last week of August at relative temperature 32.88°C. The over all means
of Green Lacewing in various observation days were maximum (2.07 plant-1),
followed by Pirate bug (1.84 plant-1) and Big eyed bug (1.28 plant-1).
line showing the mean population of insect predators in cotton crop during
June to September 2005
The regression line y = 0.1007x+0.6483 and R2 = 0.46 shows the
regular increase of the insect predator population with sucking insect pest
population and clearly justifies that there is no use of any pesticide at any
phenological stage of the cotton crop (Fig. 1).
Coefficient of Determination of Insect Predators with Sucking Insect Pests
The coefficient of determination R2 = 0.46 showed a 46% association
between insect predators and sucking insect pest population (Fig.
1). The increase in sucking insect population also exhibited an increase
in predator population in observed days during the crop growth stages of the
On the basis of the results presented, it could be concluded that the maximum population of sucking insect pests were observed in the last week of August and first week of September, when leaves were juicy and succulent and the predator population increases for keeping in balance the sucking insect pest activity in cotton field. The major focus on cotton crop is to reduce its dependence on synthetic insecticides for the control of pests in cotton crop. This can be achieved through the development of alternative pest control strategies that place more emphasis on the role of beneficial insects and the correlation of insect predators with sucking insect pests was positive.
Based on the result of the present study on presence and abundance of different insect predators against sucking insect pests of cotton in field conditions suggested that spray program be planned after proper pest scouting and injury level of the sucking insect pest at all phenological development stages of cotton. Thus, in the present study the results were satisfied at the all development stages of cotton plants and sucking insect pests below the economic injury level because the number of insect predators was present in the field throughout the cotton season.
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