Study on the prevalence of moth (order: Lepidoptera) assemblage on various paddy fields of Palakkad district Kerala

Praveen K       

Abstract

The present study investigated the pattern of assemblage of moths in six paddy fields in Palakkad Dist. Kerala. The study also aimed to test the effect of seasonal variations on the diversity of moths. Light trap was employed for specimen collection. A total of 189 moths belonging to 14 species were collected. Paddy field near Dhoni forest area showed highest species diversity (Shannon- 0.995) with 9 species which belongs to 4 families. The moths recorded mostly belonged to Noctuidae, Pyralidae, Saturnidae and Spingidae. Among different species collected Cnaphalocrosis medinalis and Spodoptera mauritia were the prevalent species in all the six places studied.  The greatest number of specimens was collected during the summer and post-monsoon period. This clearly reflected the influence of different seasons on moth diversity and abundance.


MS Received Date:   2017-01-18  MS Accepted Date:  2017-02-28  MS Published Date:  2017-03-01
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Praveen K "Study on the prevalence of moth (order: Lepidoptera) assemblage on various paddy fields of Palakkad district Kerala" Journal of Zoology Studies 4.1 (2017): 6-11.
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