Biolife, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2015
First report, occurrence, biology, ecology and control of fig psylla Homotoma indica
(Hemiptera: Homotomidae) from Kolhapur region, India
T. V. Sathe1 and Chandani Kamble2
1,2 Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 416009, India
Ficus carica Linnaeus is an important horticultural crop in India. Homotoma indica sp. n. (Homotomidae: Hemiptera)
is reported and described for the first time from India as a new pest of Fig Ficus carica L. Its incidence was noticed
from March to October on F. carica with overlapping generations. Its life cycle was completed within 85 days. Both
nymphs and adults caused inverted saucer shape to leaves by sucking cell sap and affected the crop yield adversely.
The pest was predated by Menochilus sexmaculatus, lace wing, anthocorid bug and mirid bug and controlled by
spraying the crop with 0.03 % Malathion / Azadirachtin or 0.02% phosphamidon.
Key words: Ficus carica, Homotoma indica, occurrence, description, biology, ecology, control.
Published online 12 August, 2015
© 2015 Published by Global Science Publishing Group, USA
How to Cite this Article:
T. V. Sathe and Chandani Kamble (2015). First report, occurrence, biology, ecology and control of fig psylla Homotoma indica
(Hemiptera: Homotomidae) from Kolhapur region, India. Biolife, 3(3), pp 702-709. doi:10.17812/blj.2015.3321