Can Procontarinia mangiferae and Procontarinia sp. (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) of mango be monitored by coloured sticky and polyethylene sheet funnel traps?

The present study was conducted to monitor the blossom midge Procontarinia mangiferae Felt and leaf gall midge Procontarinia sp. (adults and larvae) in mango orchards. Sticky traps of different colours were used for adults and polyethylene sheet traps were used for larval monitoring of mango blossom and leaf gall midges. Midge host preference was examined in the following mango varieties: Daisi, Ratol 12, Fajri, Summer Behasht Chaunsa, White Chaunsa and Black Chaunsa. Fortnightly data of adult and larval population was recorded through sticky coloured and other traps.

Results from the coloured sticky trap trials showed that the highest population of adult P. mangiferae were attracted towards the green and orange coloured traps whereas the highest population of Procontarinia sp. adults have been recorded on red and orange coloured sticky traps. The highest larval population of both P. mangiferae and Procontarinia sp. were mostly trapped during the last week of February to the first week of March at 17.6-21.4oC. Results from the polyethylene sheet funnel traps showed that the mango varieties White Chaunsa and Summer Behasht Chaunsa had the largest numbers of larvae/trap. Higher infestations of larvae were recorded in funnel traps placed under the trees in the south and east directions.

It is concluded that green, yellow and red colours are very attractive for the monitoring and management of P. mangiferae and Procontarinia sp. in mango orchards. As the highest populations were observed at the time of flowering in the months of February/March at an average temperature of 19.6oC, management practices are recommended at this time.

Cite this article as: Saeed, S., Abrar Amin, M., Rizwan, M., Saeed, Q. (2014). Can Procontarinia mangiferae and Procontarinia sp. (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) of mango be monitored by coloured sticky and polyethylene sheet funnel traps? Plant Protection Quarterly 29, 32-36.


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First published online: May 9, 2014