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Effect of Costunolide a plant product of Saussurea Lappa on feeding behaviour of Papilio Demoleus l. (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) Larvae

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, Entomology division, Nizam College (Autonomous), Osmania University, Hyderabad, AP, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (7), Pages 55-58, July,2 (2015)


Insect pest management is facing the economic and ecological challenge worldwide due to the environmental hazards caused by the synthetic pesticides. A search for alternate techniques for the insect pests’ management arises in recent years. Botanicals act not only as insecticides but also function as antifeedants, oviposition deterrents and ovicides. The present study was carried out to evaluate the antifeedant activity of Costunolide which was isolated from root extract of Saussurea lappa to citrus pest Papilio demoleus by non choice bioassay method. The test compound dissolved in acetone was separately tested at 200, 150, 100, 50ppm concentration continuously for 24 and 48 hours. The result showed that presence of antifeedant effect was maximum at 200ppm and least at 50ppm Costunolide influence on feeding activity of fourth instar larvae significantly reduced the food consumption, growth rate and utilization of the ingested food and reduced digestibility. Thus the feeding deterrence was markedly influenced when larvae fed on Costunolide sprayed leaves which caused more than 80% of antifeeding effect.


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