First Report of Infestation of the Agar Defoliator Heortia vitessoides (Moore) on the Agar Wood Tree Aquilaria malaccensis Benth. in South India
Keywords:Aquilaria malaccensis, Heortia vitessoides, Thymelaeaceae, Crambidae, pest, south India, Kerala, damage, death of tree, defoliator, agar wood
Massive infestation of the agar defoliator Heortia vitessoides (Moore) (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambidae) was observed in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts in Kerala on agar wood tree Aquilaria malaccensis Benth. (Thymelaeaceae), during February – December, 2022. Of the 119 trees observed in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts, 115 were infested and six of them died due to the pest attack.
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