Identification keys of storage pest: Rice weevil- #Indiafoldscopephase 1

Assumed pest: Rice weevil (Sitophilus oryzae) Rice weevil (Sitophilus oryzae) is an important pest of stored rice grain. Infestation starts from the field itself and is thus, a primary stored grain pest. Females lay 2-6 eggs per day and up to 300 over their lifetime. Morphological characteristics ( as observed under foldscope) Beak is present and ridge…

Identification keys of storage pest: Confused flour beetle- #Indiafoldscopephase 1

Assumed pest: Confused flour beetle(Tribolium confusum) Confused flour beetle attacks stored grains and stored foods. Adults and larvae feed on broken kernels and finely ground materials in grain storages, flour mills, warehouses and wherever grain or grain products are stored. Morphological characteristics (as observed under foldscope) Adults are approximately 3 – 4 mm long and reddish brown…

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

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…

Keys for identification of storage pest- Cigarette beetle- #Indiafoldscopephase 1

Infestation found in: Tamarind seed flour Fig. Infested Tamarind seed flour Assumed pest: Cigarette beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) Morphological charecteristics (for confirmation) Antenna is serrate and all segments are uniform(Fig 1) Elytra is smooth with no horizontal lines(Fig 2) Bears a tooth near the apical end of femur ridge and tarsus of the hind leg is…

Identification keys of storage pest: Drug store beetle- #Indiafoldscopephase 1

Infestation found in: Coriander seed Fig. Infested Coriander spice Macrostructure image of infested pest: Fig: Infested pest found in Coriander spice Assumed pest: Drug store beetle (Stegobium paniceum) Morphological characteristics ( as observed under Foldscope) Antennae ending with three enlarged segments(Fig 1) Elytra have rows of pits giving them a striated (lined) appearance (Fig 2) Five segments…

Identification keys of storage pest: Cowpea weevil- #Indiafoldscopephase 1

Infestation found in: Horse gram Fig: Infested Horse gram pulse Macrostructure image of infested pest: Fig: Infested pest found in Horse gram pulse Assumed pest: Cowpea weevil (Callosobruchus maculatus) Morphological characteristics (observed under foldscope) Antenna is slightly serrate from the fourth through apical segment(Fig 1) Elytra with bristle like parallel lines along with hairs and with two…

Identification keys of storage pest: Red flour beetle- #Indiafoldscopephase 1

Infestaion found in: Black cumin Fig. Infested black cumin spice Macrostructure image of infested pest: Fig: Infested pest found in black cumin spice Assumed pest: Red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) Morphological characteristics (as observed under Foldscope) Three-segmented antennal club and last three antennal segments larger than all others, almost square (Fig. 1) Elytra with punctate, parallel-sided…

Book lice under foldscope-#Indiafoldscopephase 1

Horse gram seeds got primarily infested with cowpea weevil, after some days there was secondary infection with some kind of very tiny (measuring about 1 to 2 mm or less in length) soft bodied  pale yellow colour  insect. It was observed under foldscope and pictures were taken. Fig: Soft bodied pale yellow colour insect That…

Viewing eggs of tamarind pest-#Indiafoldscopephase 1

Stored tamarind seeds were infected with some kind of internal feeding pest. It was recognized by the white eggs on the seed surface and the round exit holes on seed coat. Fig: Eggs on the surface of tamarind seeds Then eggs were observed under foldscope using a paper slide. It was oval in shape with…