White marked tussock moth caterpillar on mulberry

The tussock caterpillars can be recognized by their bright colours and assorted tufts of hair. They have orange head, tuffs on the back, and red dots on the hind abdominal segments that are in line with a dorsal black stripe. Two long tufts of black hair stand up near the head, and four white, grey…

SLUG CATERPILLAR FOUND IN MULBERRY GARDEN

Slug caterpillars ( Class Limacodidae; Order Lepidoptera) Slug caterpillars seem more fantasy than reality. They are rivalled only by the prominents in the diversity of their form, colours. Anterior end possessing three pairs of elongate, subdorsal lobes each bearing numerous stinging spines; posterior end with two pairs of elongated subdorsal lobes. Sides with shallow depressions…

Foldscopic view of Termite found on woody Mulberry plant

Termites play a vital role in nature. They break down dead wood and other cellulose materials. This is helpful in the ecosystem and the balance of nature. Termites range in size from 1/8 inch to 1 inch long. Termites vary in colour from white to brown to black, depending on the species and the life…

Golden tortoise beetle under Foldscope (Wings)

Golden tortoise beetle Charidotella sexpunctata bicolour have a generally rounded body form (about 5-6 mm length). Their body is domed, with somewhat flatter areas along the edges. When disturbed they can press themselves close to the leaf surface with all appendages safely protected underneath, somewhat in the manner a tortoise can withdraw into its shell….

Foldscopic views of Praying mantis (Legs and Antennae)

The Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is a most interesting and enjoyable beneficial insect to have around the garden and farm. It is large, much elongated, slow-moving insect with fore legs fitted for seizing and holding insect prey. Praying mantids have long necks topped by a triangular head. It is the only known insect that can…

Brown marmorated stink bug found on mulberry leaves under Foldscope

Brown marmorated stink bug adult is a typically-shaped stink bug having marbled brown colour. Characteristics: Eggs: The eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug are a light green or light blue color, 1 mm in diameter, and are laid in clutches of approximately 28 eggs. Eggs are usually located on the underside of leaves of…

Images of Bihar hairy caterpillars were found in mulberry under Foldscope

Bihar hairy caterpillar, Spilarctia oblique Walker is a polyphagous pest which infests several crops including Mulberry. The fully grown caterpillar larva is stout and cylindrical, brown at initial stage and later reddish in colour, the head of the larva was dark brown and conspicuous dark anterior and posterior patches of the larva. The larvae had…

Multicoloured Asian Lady Beetle under foldscope

Mealybugs of mulberry plant observed under Foldscope

These are female Mealybugs which lack wings and retain legs and can crawl for short distance. They feed on plant sap, normally in leaves, roots, bottoms of fruit. They attach themselves to the plant and secrete a powdery wax layer used for protection while they suck the plant juices. The infesting stages are both nymph…

APHID CAUGHT ON MULBERRY LEAVES OBSERVED UNDER FOLDSCOPE

Aphid is also called plant louse, greenfly, are small (1/8 inch long), sap sucking, soft-bodied insects (order Homoptera), often found feeding in clusters on new growth. The  antennae at the tip of the head are clearly visible and cornicles (a pair of tube-like structures) projecting backwards out of their hind end can also be seen which is…