oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The bionomics of Oxycarenus species (Hemiptera, Lygaeidae), and their status as cotton pests in Uganda

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Oxycarenus hyalinipennis Costa as a cotton pest has been known for a very long time. Ballou (1919) states that it was known in Egypt as early as 1860. The first scientific descriptionption of the damage caused by Oxycarenus to cotton is credited to Sickenberger (1890) who wrote that these insects ""suck the sap from the base of the young pods and from the blossoms and thus prevent their development; they attack also the seeds when they are tender, which results in a diminution of the germinative strength and consequently a diminution in the product of the plant"" (Morill, 1910). Peacock (1913), Ballou (1919), and other workers, studied the biology of Oxycarenus, but did not descriptionbe the nature and extent of the damage to cotton.

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