Field Study of Host Plant Preference of solitary Desert Locust Schistocerca gregaria (Forskal) ( Orthoptera: Acrididae)

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2015-05-10
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Akwai, Luka Kiwanuka Edward
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Although this study of the host plant preference cannot provide complete information on host plants, yet it can be concluded that, Heliotropium spp., which was abundant in the experimental site, and appeared most frequently in the fecal pellets examined, was the most preferred under the field condition, followed by Tribulus longipetalus. Grasses were also frequently encountered in the frass and ranked after Tribulus longipetalus followed by Pennisetum typhoideum, Launea spp.,Tephrosia spp.and Robbeira delileana. The following host plants namely: Zygophillum, Chorchorus Amaranthus and Euphorbia spp. were the least preferred. However, host plants such as Solanum, Argemon, panicum, Abutilon, Calotropis, Trianthema, Colothynthis, Convolvulus, Prosopis and Crotalaria spp., did not appear in the fecal pellets of the solitary desert locust examined by the microscope and this suggests that they are not preferred. SUGGESTED LINES
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Desert Locust, ( Orthoptera: Acrididae),(Forskal)
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