African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6709

Full Length Research Paper

Reproductive parameters of Bracon hebetor Say on seven different hosts

Dabhi, Manishkumar R.1, Korat, Dhirubhai M.2 and Vaishnav, Piyushbhai R.3*
1SRA, I.F.T.C., Directorate of Extension Education, Anand Agricultural University, Anand-388 110 (Gujarat), India. 2Anand Agricultural University, Anand-388 110 (Gujarat), India. 3Department of Agricultural Statistics, BACA, AAU, Anand-388 110 (Gujarat), India.
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  •  Accepted: 24 June 2013
  •  Published: 04 July 2013


A study on reproductive parameters of Bracon hebetor Say on seven different hosts (Rice moth (Corcyra cephalonica), Stainton Angoumois grain moth (Sitotroga cerealella), Oliver greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella), Linnaeus spotted pod borer (Maruca testulalis), Geyer gram pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera) (Hubner), Hardwick tobacco leaf eating caterpillar (Spodoptera litura Fabricius) and okra fruit borer (Earias vittella Fabricius), studied at ordinary room temperature under laboratory conditions and revealed that C. cephalonica was the most suitable host for the development of B. hebetor among the host species tested regarding the biological parameters studied (duration of different life stages, fecundity, egg hatching percentage and sex ratio) followed by S. cerealella, G. mellonella, M. testulalis, E. vittella, H. armigera and S. litura.


Key words: Bracon hebetor, reproductive parameters, life stages, different seven hosts.