WATER BUG Diplonychus rusticus (HEMIPTERA: BELOSTOMATIDAE) AS A BIOCONTROL AGENT FOR CULEX MOSQUITO | ¬†UTTAR PRADESH JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY

Belostomatid water bugs have been observed to be very predaceous on mosquito larvae, killing and sucking the contents of the mosquito larvae. The purpose of this study is to determine the predatory efficiency of Diplonychus rusticus as a bioagent on Culex larvae. 275 mature water bugs were released into a pond with 275 litres (10%) of water. There were 27,500 Culex larvae added. The number of living larvae was collected and recorded at the end of 6 hours and 24 hours. The findings of this study demonstrated the significance of water bugs in mosquito control.

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