Influence of age and stage of the host plant on insect pests of mango (Mangifera indica L.).
The occurrence of pests during the new flush, twig expansion, matured leaf and fruit maturity stages of 0- to 5-, 5- to 15- and ≥15-year-old mango cv. Neelum trees was determined in a field experiment conducted in Andhra Pradesh, India. Trees that are 0-5 years old were preferred by new flush pests such as Rhynchaenus mangiferae, Apoderus transquebaricus, Deporaus marginatus, Myllocerus discolor, Acrocercops syngramma, Penicillaria jocosatrix, Orgyia postica, Euthalia garuda garuda, Porthesia scientillans, Parasa lepida and Lymantria marginata, whereas trees that are 5-15 years old were preferred by aphids such as Toxoptera odinae and Thalassodes quadraria. Trees 15 years old and above were preferred by the pests Procontarinia matteiana, Amradiplosis ecinogalliperda, Orthaga exvinacea, Amritodus atkinsoni, Idioscopus niveosparsus, Thrips hawaiiensis, Drosicha mangiferae, Sternochaetus mangiferae, Bactrocera dorsalis, Conogethes punctiferalis and Batocera rufomaculata.