Management of the lesser date moth, Batrachedra amydraula, in the United Arab Emirates date palm plantations
Walid Kaakeh, email@example.com, United Arab Emirates University, Department of Arid Land Agriculture, College of Food and Agriculture, P. O. Box 17555, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates
The lesser date moth, Batrachedra amydraula (Meyrick), is one of the most important pests on date palm in the UAE that may cause more than 50% loss of the crop. Management programs for this pest on date palm have not been developed or implemented at the farm level. The study was conducted, from February 2004 to May 2005 in four date palm plantations in Abu-Dhabi Emirate, to determine the biology, population dynamics, economic impacts and the control components of this pest. The moth had three generations a year. The first larvae appeared in April to start the damage on the newly formed fruits on the bunch. Larvae had a period of dormancy from August till March of the next year between the bases of the terminal fronds. Pupation took place in March and adults of the new cycle emerged in April, giving more larvae in 3 overlapping generations to damage different growth stages of dates. Control of the moth was achieved by the removal and destruction of the dormant larvae in an operation of cleaning from the fibrous strands around the bases of the terminal fronds. Pheromone lures and insecticide sprays gave excellent control of this pest in the field experiments. The development of management strategies for the inclusion of these lures and/or insecticides in the date moth integrated management programs would be worth considering.
Species 1: Lepidoptera Cosmopterigidae Batrachedraamydraula (lesser date moth)
From Guillermet Christian, entomologist, November 15, 2006 Hello,
I'm working on moths of Réunion Island (near madagascar) and I research a phot and drawings genitalia of Batrachedra amydraula and Batrachedra arenosella.
Is-it possible that you help me ?
From Dr Shakir Al-Zaidi, Technical director, Russell IPM Ltd, September 16, 2007 I would very intrested to learn about your experience in the application of pheromone traps in the monitoring of Batrachedra amydraula.
From Mohammad Khan Kakar, Entomologist, Agri. Res. Ins., Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, May 26, 2008 Sir,
I need this above information in full text form.
Mohammad khan Kakar
From Aref Marouf, MSc. (Research Entomologist), Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection, November 12, 2008 Hello
I need somre information about of sex pheromone of Batrachedra amydraula. for example is there any comercial pheromone for this pest?
From Aref marouf, Sccientific member, PPDIR, April 26, 2009 Hello
Could you please send me a color image of Batrachedra Amydraula Meyrick?
I would be very grateful if you do me this favor.
From jasim, Assistant Professor, University of Baghdad, January 9, 2011 Hello I need somre information about of sex pheromone of Batrachedra amydraula. for example is there any comercial pheromone for this pest? Best Regards Jasim.K.Mohammad
From Mukhtar Umer Baloch, Researcher, ARI, Balochistan, June 29, 2011 dear sir, i need full text and detail about the lessor date moth and its management to protect dates from economic demage/losses.