Diversity and relative abundance of insects (Arthropoda) in pumpkin plantations in District Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Fayyaz U Kausar A Saeed K Akhtar N    

Abstract

Pumpkin (Family: Cucurbitacae) is a nutritive and unique plant commonly used as vegetable all around the world. Cucurbita species are cultivated worldwide with an annual production of 17.7 million tonnes from 1.4 million hectares. It is cultivated throughout Pakistan, as a Kharif crop with an annual production of 45217 tons from an area of 4027 hectares. The current survey was conducted to determine the diversity and relative abundance of insects in pumpkin plantation in Distict Haripur. A total of 212 specimens belonging to 9 orders and 16 families as; order Coleoptera (Family: Chyrsomelidae and Coccinelidae), order Lepidoptera (Family: Noctuidae and Pyralidae), Hemiptera (Family: Anthocridae and Pentatomidae), Homoptera (Family: Aphididae and Cicadellidae) were collected. Insect population was abundant in October followed by September and dropped towards the July and August whereas Dermaptera, Lepidoptera and Hemiptera disappeared in the capture. This study is an effort towards exploring diversity and abundance of insect among selected host plants. Further extensive surveys can resolve dynamics of insects (beneficial and destructive) population in the study area, which will eventually help determine their significance.


MS Received Date:   2016-04-24  MS Accepted Date:  2016-05-26  MS Published Date:  2016-06-26
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Fayyaz U, Kausar A., Saeed K., Akhtar N. "Diversity and relative abundance of insects (Arthropoda) in pumpkin plantations in District Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan" Journal of Zoology Studies 3.3 (2016): 11-17.
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Fayyaz, U., Kausar, A., Saeed, K., Akhtar, N. (2016). Diversity and relative abundance of insects (Arthropoda) in pumpkin plantations in District Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Journal of Zoology Studies, 3(3), 11-17.
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Fayyaz U, Kausar A, Saeed K, Akhtar N. Diversity and relative abundance of insects (Arthropoda) in pumpkin plantations in District Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Journal of Zoology Studies. 2016; 3(3): 11-17.
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