Record of pests infesting arecanut, (Areca catechu Linneaus) and their seasonal incidence in Konkan region of Maharashtra.
In a study conducted during 1998-99 in Konkan, Maharashtra, India, 10 insect and 2 non-insect pests were found infesting arecanuts. The major pests were Elymnias caudata, Morismus carinatus, Aonidiella orientalis, Cerataphis lataniae, Icerya aegyptiaca, the squirrel Funambulus sp., and the bat Pteropus sp. The minor pests were Oecophylla smaragdina, Odonotermes obesus [Odontotermes obesus], Xyleborus perforans, Diocalandra stigmaticolis, [Diocalandra frumenti] and Rhipiphorothrips cruentatus. The nature of damage and seasonal incidence of the major pests are also discussed.