Predators in any system play a vital role in managing pest populations. There is a good possibility of exploring and utilizing the native arthropod predators. A good example has been set by China, which mass-reared and released pentatomid bugs to manage the fall armyworm. Green lacewings are also important in mass release plans. Ants in different systems are playing a role in hunting the fall armyworm immature stages. What are your thoughts on using arthropod predators to manage fall armyworm?
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Green lace wing predators are especially meant for sucking pests like aphids, blackfly, whitefly etc. I have done my work on Mallada boninensis a green lace wing for its potentiality on different pests. In my results I found that when there were no sucking pests if the predator exists in an unnatural conditions predator grubs will prefer neonates (very early stege instars) of these lepidopteran pests.
we need to look into for further experiments.
Fawad - are there any examples in your country that you have seen?