Age Specific and Fertility Lifetable of Callosobruchus maculatus(F.) on Chickpea


  • Urvi Sharma Punjab Agricultural University Regional Research Station, Ballowal Saunkhri 144502, Punjab, India.
  • Suman Sanjta Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Palampur 176062, Himachal Pradesh, India.



Life Table, Survivorship, Pulse Beetle, Cicer arietinum, Life Expectancy, Doubling Time, Gross Reproductive Rate, Net Reproductive Rate, Finite Rate of Increase, Generation Time, Potential Fecundity, Doubling Time.


Pulse beetle (Callosobruchus maculatus) (F.) is a pernicious pest of different stored grain pulses and decrease the nutritional and economic values of the pulses, which can cause huge losses in terms of quality and quantity. The present study was conducted for determining the rate of multiplication of C. maculatus was conducted at ambient temperature and relative humidity under Palampur conditions on preferred host chickpea, Cicer arietinum. Under conditions of abundant space and food supply, population of C. maculatus increased with 0.03485 (r m ) and 1.035 (λ) per day. The population multiplied 1.276 times in one week and mean time for doubling the population was 19.88 days. True generation time was 63.07 days. Life expectancy of adult was 12.37 days. The results of the study pave ways to create awareness among researchers and farmers about the nature and extent of damage caused by the C. maculatesin chickpea.


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Sharma, U., & Sanjta, S. (2023). Age Specific and Fertility Lifetable of <i>Callosobruchus maculatus</i>(F.) on Chickpea. Indian Journal of Entomology, 86(1), 208–211.



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