Important pests of cotton
Name of the pest
Scientific name
Family
Order
A. BORERS
American bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Hub.)
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
Pink bollworm Pectinophora gossypiella (Saund.)
Gelechiidae
Lepidoptera
Spiny bollworm Earias insulana (Boisd.)
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
Spotted bollworm E. vitella (Fab.)
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
Stem weevil Pempherulus affinis Fst.
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
Shoot weevil Alcidodes affaber Auriv
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
Stem borer Sphenoptera gossypii Cotes.
Buprestidae
Coleoptera
B.FOLIAGE FEEDERS
Leaf worm Spodoptera litura (Boisd.)
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
Leaf roller Sylepte derogata (Fab.)
Pyraustidae
Lepidoptera
Semiloopers Anomis flava (Fab.)
Noctuidae

Lepidoptera

Acontia graellsi (Feist.)
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
Arache nitidula Fab.
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
A.intercepta Guen.
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
A.malvae Esper.
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
T.notabilis Wlk
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
T.opalinoides Guen.
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
T.marmoralis Fb.
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
T.basifera Walk.
Noctuidae
Lepidoptera
Leaf perforator Bucculatrix loxophila.
Bucculatricidae
Lepidoptera
Ash weevils Myllocerus maculosus (Desb.)
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
M. subfasciatus G.
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
M. viridanus Fb.
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
M. discolor Fb.
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
Surface weevil Attactogaster finitimus .
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
Hairy caterpillars Euproctis fraterna M.
Lymantridae
Lepidoptera
Pericallia ricini F.
Arctiidae
Lepidoptera
Estigmene lactinea Cram
Arctiidae
Lepidoptera
Red hairy caterpillars Amsacta albistriga Wlk.
Arctiidae
Lepidoptera
Cotton grasshobber Cyrtacanthacris tartarica
Arctiidae
Lepidoptera
Tobacco Artactomorpha crenulata F.
Arctiidae
Lepidoptera
C.FLOWER FEEDERS
Blister beetle Myllabris pustulata (Thunb.)
Meloidae
Coleoptera
Flower weevil Amorphoidea arcuata M.A.
Curculionidae
Coleoptera
D.SAP FEEDERS
Leaf hopper Amrascaz devastans (Dist.)
Cicadellidae
Hemiptera
Aphid Aphis gossypii Glover
Aphididae
Hemiptera
Whitefly Bemisia tabaci Genn.
Aleyrodidae
Hemiptera
Thrips Thrips tabaci Linde.
Thripidae
Thysanoptera
T.Palmi Karny
Thripidae
Thysanoptera
Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood
Pyrthocoridae
Hemiptera
Red cotton bug Dysdercus cingulalis (Fab.)
D.Koenigii
(Fab.)
D.similis Free
 
Dusky cotton bug Oxycarenus hyalinipennis (Costa.)
O.laetus
Lygaeidae
Hemiptera
Striped mealy bug Ferrisia virgata (CKII)
Pseudococcidae
Hemiptera
Black scale Parasaissetia nigra
Coccidae
Hemiptera
White scale Pulvinaria maxima
Coccidae
Hemiptera
Yellow star scale Cerococcus hibisci
Asteroecaniidae
Hemiptera
Tea mosquito bug Helopeltis antonii S.
Miridae
Hemiptera

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