Toxicity of Insecticides on Indian Honey Bee Apis cerana indica F. and Stingless Bee Tetragonula iridipennis S. in Cashew


  • N. Deepika Department of Agricultural Entomology, Agricultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, Madurai 625104, Tamil Nadu
  • K. Suresh Cotton Research Station, TNAU, Srivilliputhur 626135, Tamil Nadu
  • B. Usharani Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Madurai, Agricultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, Madurai 625104, Tamil Nadu
  • C. Rajamanickam Department of Horticulture Agricultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, Madurai 625104, Tamil Nadu
  • M. Shanthi Department of Agricultural Entomology, Agricultural College and Research Institute, TNAU, Madurai 625104, Tamil Nadu



Cashew, contact toxicity, insecticides, Apis cerana indica ,Tetragonula iridipennis, buprofezin, thiamethoxam, carbosulfan, lambda cyhalothrin, imidacloprid, chlorpyriphos, profenophos


The contact toxicity of insecticides used in the cashew ecosystem viz., thiamethoxam, carbosulfan, buprofezin, lambdacyhalothrin, imidacloprid, chlorpyriphos and profenophos were evaluated against Indian bee Apis cerana indica F., and stingless bee Tetragonula iridipennis S. under laboratory conditions. It was observed that buprofezin caused the least mortality of 21.48 and 19.91% with A. cerana indica and T. iridipennis, respectively; chlorpyriphos led to maximum mortality of 100% to with both the bees, and thus highly toxic at 24 hours after treatment (HAT). Imidacloprid led to >70% mortality with both the bee species at 24 HAT, while it varied from 40 to 60% the bees with thiamethoxam, carbosulfan and lambda cyhalothrin at 24 HAT.


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Deepika, N., Suresh, K., Usharani, B., Rajamanickam, C., & Shanthi, M. (2022). Toxicity of Insecticides on Indian Honey Bee <i>Apis cerana indica</i> F. and Stingless Bee <i>Tetragonula iridipennis</i> S. in Cashew. Indian Journal of Entomology, 84(4), 885–888.



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