First record of 28-spotted ladybird beetle, Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata (F.) infesting Withania somnifera (L.) dunal in Punjab Province of Northern India.
Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal is an important medicinal plant that is used to treat a large number of ailments. The present report records for the first time the presence of 28-spotted ladybird beetle on the leaves of W. somnifera plants in the Amritsar District of Punjab Province within the Northern Region of India. All stages of the insect life cycle were found on the leaves of W. somnifera. The larvae voraciously fed on the leaves, leaving behind a fibrous skeleton, reducing the commercial value of the plants. The pest was identified as Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).