Moth (Insecta: Lepidoptera) Fauna and their Insect Predators Associated with the Tea gardens and the surrounding Natural Ecosystem Environs in Northern West Bengal, India

Shah SK Mitra B      

Abstract

Regular field surveys were conducted in 25 tea gardens and its surrounding natural habitats of Dooars region and Darjeeling district of Northern West Bengal from 2011 to 2014 to explore the moth fauna and their potential insect predators from these regions. The adult moths were collected in the night and day using light trap and butterfly nets respectively. The study revealed the occurrence of 39 species of moths. Of them, 15 species were found as recognised pests of tea and 12 species were found pests of other crops and vegetables. The species of dragonfly Orthetrum sabina Drury and the species of true fly Microstyllum pseudoananta krishnanii Joseph & Parui were observed as potential predators of these moths in tea gardens.


MS Received Date:   2016-01-07  MS Accepted Date:  2016-01-19  MS Published Date:  2016-01-23
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Shah SK, Mitra B. "Moth (Insecta: Lepidoptera) Fauna and their Insect Predators Associated with the Tea gardens and the surrounding Natural Ecosystem Environs in Northern West Bengal, India" Journal of Zoology Studies 2.6 (2015): 1-5.
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Shah, SK., Mitra, B. (2015). Moth (Insecta: Lepidoptera) Fauna and their Insect Predators Associated with the Tea gardens and the surrounding Natural Ecosystem Environs in Northern West Bengal, India. Journal of Zoology Studies, 2(6), 1-5.
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Shah SK, Mitra B. Moth (Insecta: Lepidoptera) Fauna and their Insect Predators Associated with the Tea gardens and the surrounding Natural Ecosystem Environs in Northern West Bengal, India. Journal of Zoology Studies. 2015; 2(6): 1-5.
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