Keys for identification of storage pest- Mediterranean pulse beetle - #Indiafoldscopephase 1

  • Soumitra Banerjee

Infestation found in: Field bean

   Fig: Infested Field bean pulse

Macrostructure image of infested pest:

Fig: Infested pest found in Field bean pulse

Assumed pest: Mediterranean pulse beetle (Bruchus emarginatus)

Morphological charecteristics (for confirmation as observed under microscope)

  • Antennae is serrate and dark in colour (Fig 1)
  • Elytra with punctate distinct lines and gray spots (Fig 2)
  • The femur of the hind leg are enlarged and bear a tooth and three tarsal segments  in hind leg (Fig 3)
  • Hind wing with folding lines and has dot like cells between the lines(Fig 4)

Fig. 1: Antennae of mediterranean pulse beetle under foldscope

                                    

Fig. 2: Elytra of mediterranean pulse beetle under foldscope

                                                                                           

Fig . 3: Hind leg of mediterranean pulse beetle under foldscope

                                                                     

Fig.  4: Hind wing  of mediterranean pulse beetle under foldscope

 

 

 

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