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Interdisciplinary International Science Journal

Volume 41 (2023)
Issue 4D
Page No. 3029



Mrutyunjay V. Matti, Channabasappa P. Mallapur

Environment and Ecology 41 (4D) : 3029—3032, October—December 2023
Article DOI:
ISSN 0970-0420

Status of Natural Enemies and Entomopathogens on 
New Invasive Pest Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith)
(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) under Maize 
Ecosystem in Indian Subcontinent

Mrutyunjay V. Matti, Channabasappa P. Mallapur

Received 30 June 2023, Accepted 27 October 2023, Published on 29 December 2023



The pests’ natural enemies were explored by collecting FAW eggs and larvae from maize fields. The survey also revealed natural parasitism by egg parasitoids viz., Telenomus sp. (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) and Trichogramma sp. (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae), gregarious larval parasitoid Glyptapanteles creatonoti (Viereck) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) solitary larval parasitoid Campoletis chlorideae Uchida (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), and a solitary indeterminate larval-pupal (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Ichneumoninae) parasitoid. Spodoptera frugiperda is the first host record for G. creatonoti across the globe. The parasitiods were raised in the laboratory for emergence, recognition and effectiveness as natural enemies. Cotesia or Apanteles spp. were concluded to occur since emerged. Besides these, other commonly found bioagents viz., Forficula sp. (Dermaptera: Forficulidae) and entomopathogenic fungus Nomuraea rileyi (Farl.) Samson was also collected in large numbers. Therefore, the occurrence of Spodoptera frugiperda natural enemies in India represents for advocacy campaign to include their use into IPM strategies that enhance and permit bio agents to boom for control of fall armyworm.

Keywords    Natural enemy, entomopathogen, maize, Spodoptera frugiperda, invasive pest, predator, parasitoid.

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