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Q: I have a small garden, but with many types of flowering plants. Since last two years during July and August, an insect (the size of a bhanwra) with red &black striped wings is eating away every flower. They are inumerable, found on almost every flower in my garden- hibiscus, rose, trumpet flower, golden shower, carnation, boganvillia, even flowers of vegetables. They eat away at the bud stage itself. Spray is ineffective as they fly away. Kindly suggest some remedy. I shall be greatly obliged. - A....

A: These are blister beetles  damaging the flowers and flower buds. Collecting through insect nest and destroying by crushing is the best option. Do wear gloves during operation. Alternatively spray 0.5 ml of Decis diluted in 1 litre of water or 2ml of endosulphan or 2 gm of carbaryl insecticide diluted in 1 litre of water. Repeat after 10 days if required. If spraying on vegetables, do observe 1 week waiting period before you harvest for consumption. - Dr. MP Srivastava

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2009 09:08  

Newsflash

International Technological Achievements Award Conferred on Dr. M. P. Srivastava

Global consultant on plant health and former Director Planning & Head, Plant Pathology of Haryana Agricultural University, Prof. M.P. Srivastava has been bestowed upon with “International Technological Achievements Award” on February 9, 2014.

Photo: Dr M P Srivastava [Extreme R] receiving the award

The award was given in recognition of his internationally acclaimed contribution on Plant Healthcare Technology and its dissemination towards mitigating crop losses and promoting plant health clinic worldwide. The award instituted by EET CRS, was given to him by presenting a memento and Certificate of Excellence in a glittering function in Noida on 9th of February 2014. Dr Srivastava has shared his innovations in reducing crop losses and strengthening food security at several occasions in India and at International Congresses at Edinburgh 1998, New Zealand 2003, Beijing 2013.