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Preliminary Investigation on Moths (Lepidoptera: Heterocera) as Pollinators in Urban Settlements of Delhi

Monalisa Paul, Rita Singh, Sanjay Keshari Das


The present study was undertaken from January 2016 to June 2017 to find out ecological role of moths as pollinators in urban settlements of Delhi. From the study site, reference pollen slides of plants belonging to 12 angiosperm families were prepared at the time of anthesis. Moths were collected using light traps, of which 1033 individuals belonging to 33 spp. and four families were scanned for presence of pollen grains on their body parts and slides were prepared for those pollens. The study revealed the presence of pollen grains on 149 individuals belonging to six spp. of Noctuidae family for plants belonging to seven families taken. Also, that among moth spp. of the area, Thysanoplusia orichalcea was found to be the most frequent flower visitor followed by Acontia lucida and Chrysodeixis chalcites. Though, the present study was preliminary, the overall findings were highly encouraging as the study established possible role of moths in ‘pollination network’ for plants in urban settlements.


Moths, Noctuidae, pollen grains, Delhi.

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