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Abstract

Record of some insects associated with Calotropis procera (Asclepiadaceae) in Jabalpur District (M.P.), India.

Abstract

Calotropis procera (Asclepiadaceae), commonly known as Aak or Madar plant is a perennial wild herb which plays various important ecological roles, ranging from settlement in sandy soils, prevention of soil erosion, natural reproduction and in weavering, rubbering and medical industries. Taking in to consideration the commercial and medical importance of the plant, surveys was conducted to access the diversity of insects associated with the plant in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Observations resulted in the identification of one species of order Lepidoptera viz. Anosia chrysippus (Linnaeus), four species of Order: Hemiptera viz., Spilostethus pandurus (Fabricius), S. hospes (Fabricius), Leptocorisa acuta (Thunberg) and Aphis nerii Boyer de Fanscolombe and three species of Order: Coleoptera viz. Aulacophora foveicollis (Lucas), Corynodes peregrinus (Fuessly) and Cheilomenes sexmaculata (Fabricius).