New records of parasites and predators of important insect pests of mango.
During a survey of the parasites and predators of insect pests of mango in Uttar Pradesh, India, Aspidiotus destructor Sign. was found to be parasitised by Aneristus ceroplastae How., Comperiella bifasciata How., Chartocerus sp., Chrysonotomyia sp. and Thomsonisca pakistanensis (Ahmad) (desantisiellus Shafee), the last of which was the most common. Chloropulvinaria polygonata (Ckll.) (Pulvinaria polygonata) was parasitised by a species referred to by the authors as Metaphycus sp. near hederaceus [regarded in this Review as Aphycus hederaceus (Westw.)]. Rastrococcus iceryoides (Green) was parasitised by Dinocarsis sp., Microterys flavus (How.), Metastenus concinnus Wlk. and Tetrastichus sp.; the coleopterans Cybocephalus sp. and Scymnus coccivora Ram. Ayyar were also observed to predate on this pest. Chlumetia transversa Wlk. was parasitised by Bracon greeni Ashm., Meteorus sp. and Goryphus sp. Orthaga euadrusalis Wlk. was parasitised by Brachymeria lasus (Wlk.), Hormius sp., Pediobius bruchicida (Rond.) and Tetrastichus sp. The coccinellid Sumnius cardoni Weise was found predating on nymphs of Drosicha mangiferae (Green).