Pest complex of sapota [Manilkara achras (Mill.) Forsberg] under hill zone of Karnataka
Fifteen species of insect pests were recorded at various stages of sapota crop during 2012-13 under hill zone of Karnataka. Among them only eight species viz., Banisiamyrsusalis elearalisWalker, Anarsia achrasella Bradley, Bactrocera dorsalis(Hendle), B. zonata(Saunders), Achrocercops gemoniella Stainton, Icerya sp., Coccus viridis Green Planococcus lilacinus Cockerell and Planococcus citri Rissoattained major status prevailing in a severe form a long time. Four species were recorded only as stray pests during crop growth. The remaining three insect species appeared as minor pests without causing any severe and perceptible damage to the crop.
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