Seven species of medicinal plants viz. Withania somnifera, Abelmoschus moschatus, Chorophytum borivilianum, Rauvolfia serpentina, Andrographis paniculata, Gloriosa superba, and Emblica officinalis were surveyed in twenty three different sites of Central India. The insect pests damaging to these target species of medicinal plants were collected, reared and identified to species level on the basis of available literatures and insect specimens in National Repository, Division of Forest Entomology, Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh, India. Out of thirty seven insect pests, four insect pests (three major) on A. moschatus; four insect pests (one major) on G. superba; nine insect pests (one major) on W. somnifera; nine insect pests (two major) on E. officinalis; six insect pests (minor) on R. serpentina; two insect pests (minor) on A. paniculata and three insect pests (minor) on C. borivilianum were recorded. The insect pests, their nature of damage, percent incidence and status were also described.
Keywords: Medicinal plants, insect pests, infestation