Ashutosh Sharma, Pratap Kumar Pati
Journal of Insect Science 12 (50), 1-4, (1 April 2012) https://doi.org/10.1673/031.012.5001
KEYWORDS: Ashwagandha, Medicinal plant, pest Management, Tetranychidae
During April–June 2010, red two—spotted carmine spider mites Tetranychus urticae Koch (Trombidiformes: Tetranychidae) were found on aerial apical parts of Ashwagandha Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Solanales: Solanaceae) plants in the Amritsar District of Punjab Province in the North Indian plains. The mites fed on the leaves, making them shiny white in color, which gradually dried off and were later shed. The pest was identified as T. urticae. To best of our knowledge, this is the first record of this pest infesting W. somnifera in India.