- Singh, D. and Arora, J.S. (l989). J. Insect Sel, 2: 168-169.
Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) is an urn L. during April 2001. A total of 90 buds
important pest of flowering plants in the were examined wherein 67 per cent were damPunjab.
Twelve ornamental plants viz., carna- aged invariably by instars II-IV larvae of this
tion, snapdragon, dahlia, aster, swe~t william, . pest. Holes were observed in the buds. Besides
hollyhock, lupin, ageratum, calendula, clarkia, this, the larvae of this pest were also found
phlox and salvia have been reported as hosts feeding at the base of the flowers resulting in
of this polyphagous pest in Punjab (Singh and tremendous petal's fall-indicative of an aesthetiArora, 1989). Now for the first time in Punjab cally economic loss. Thus, there is an urgent
at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, need to check these damaging H. armigera
larvae of H armigera were found feeding vo- larvae judiciously so that aesthetic sense of
raciously on buds and flowers of another orna- having ornamental poppy flowers in good
mental-the garden poppy, Papaver somenifer- bloom is ecologically maintained.