Effect of Endosulphan insecticide on Lepidoptera

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Wed Dec 21 14:46:37 EST 2005

Endosulfan effects on non-target species has been studied in Africa 
where it is used from aircraft in Tsetse fly control.   Kills include 
birds, mammals, amphibians, as well as a wide variety of insects.  I 
didn't find separate data on lepidoptera, but since endosulfan is 
effective against lepidopteran pests, it will not preserve non-pest 
leps.   New management techniques for genetically modified cotton 
requires leaving an unsprayed refuge to decrease the inevitable 
evolution of pesticide resistance.  The refuge can also protect 
desirable species.  . 

There is some information at this web site.   Michael GOCHFELD

>> http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/004/X6506E/X6506E04.htm
>     Has any of you studied the effect of Endosulphan on Butterflies 
> and Moths ? For last few months we are seeing hundreds of butterflies 
> dying in the kerala state of India in a Mango Plantation.Here they are 
> using Endosulphan extensively. The species which are affected 
> are Euploea core, Euploea sylvester, Tirumala limniace, Tirumala 
> septentrionis, Pachliopta hector, Papilio polymnestor and Danaus genutia.
>  Any information in this regard will be highly appreciated as the 
> lives of many lepidopteran species is at stake.
> Regards,
> Kishen Das

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