Abstract
MEGALOCARIA DILATATA (FABRICIUS, 1755) (COLEOPTERA: COCCINELLIDAE): FIRST RECORD FROM NORTH WESTERN GHATS OF MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

Priyanka B. Patil and Sunil M. Gaikwad*

ABSTRACT

Megalocaria dilatata is a predatory ladybird beetle widely distributed in India. Herein, the geographical range of the species in the Western ghats is extended northwards to Maharashtra state, i.e. Northern Western Ghats for the first time. This species is now reported for the first time in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India and hence, it is an addition to the Fauna of Maharashtra. As Bamboo and sugarcane are major crops in Maharashtra and Wooly aphid is one of the destructive pests of these crops, this species can be used in biological control of wooly aphids in the area. Present communication provides diagnostics of habitus with color photographs.

Keywords: Megalocaria, first record, Kolhapur, Northern Western Ghats.


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