Natural Enemies Associated with Arthropod Pests of Pigeonpea in Eastern Africa uri icon


  • Common arthropod pests and beneficial species were surveyed on pigeon peas in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda, during 1995-96. Three pest groups were found: pod-boring Lepidoptera (Helicoverpa armigera, Maruca vitrata and Etiella zinckenella), pod-sucking bugs (mainly Clavigralla tomentosicollis) and pod fly (Melanagromyza chalcosoma). Natural enemies included Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera and Hemiptera and were found more frequently in Kenya than in the other countries

publication date

  • 1999