Host deprivation effects on the reproduction and survival of the parasitoid Campoletis chlorideae Uchida (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae)


  • Amarendra Kumar Pandey Department of Zoology, D. A. V. Post Graduate College, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India


progeny sex ratio, host deprivation, pre-oviposition period, fecundity, sex ratio, biological control


The ichneumonid Campoletis chlorideae Uchida is an arrhenotokous idiobiont parasitoid that infests second instar larvae of the pod borer, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), a severe pest of pulse crops in India. For successful biocontrol practices, abundant hosts must be present in fields at the time of the mass release of parasitoids. Host deprivation, in general, influences the reproduction and survival of parasitoids. However, how host deprivation affects the reproduction and survival of C. chlorideae is still unknown. In the present study, we attempted to evaluate the longevity, fecundity and progeny sex ratio of C. chlorideae in response to host deprivation. The second instar larvae of the H. armigera were reared on an artificial diet under laboratory conditions [22±4°C, 70±10% RH and 10:14 h (L:D) photo-period] and exposed as host to newly emerged mated female C. chlorideae deprived of hosts for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 days and entire life (for longevity only).


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How to Cite

A. K. . Pandey, “Host deprivation effects on the reproduction and survival of the parasitoid Campoletis chlorideae Uchida (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae)”, J. Appl. Entomol., vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 24–28, Jan. 2024.