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Biology of newly recorded predator Antilochus coquebertii of red cotton bug, Dysdercus koenigii Fabricius (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae) from Pakistan.

Rabia Saeed ; Muhammad Naveed ; Muhammad Razaq ; Muhammad Rafiq ; Jan, M. T. ; Shah, S. I. A. ; Shabana Wazir ; Fahad Munir

Pakistan Journal of Zoology 2020 Vol 52 No. 5 pp. 2011-2013;

Abstract

Dysdercus koenigii Fabricius (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae) has become destructive pest of cotton since 2011. The pest causes severe lint staining and seed germination reduction problems. Antilochus coquebertii (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae) is significant predator of the genus Dysdercus and other members of the pyrrhocoridan family. In the present annotation, we record for the first time A. coquebertii in cotton growing areas of Dera Isamil Khan, Muzafar Garh and Multan districts, Pakistan.