Teak trees hit by pestilence in Adilabad

Updated - November 17, 2021 05:55 am IST

Published - September 03, 2014 10:37 pm IST - ADILABAD:

The teak trees under pest attack have taken a rusty colour in the Utnoor-Jannaram road in Adilabad district. Photo: S. Harpal Singh

The teak trees under pest attack have taken a rusty colour in the Utnoor-Jannaram road in Adilabad district. Photo: S. Harpal Singh

Just when it was thought that the teak trees in Adilabad forests will be spared of pestilence this monsoon, the Abia pleura larvae seem to appear from nowhere to feed on the leaves of trees. The dead leaves have taken a rusty colour thanks to the pestilence which, however, has only added to the beauty of the forests.

The areas where quite a few teak trees can still be seen, such as the Kawal Tiger Reserve, have taken a different hue at this time of the year. The beauty of the place is enhanced by the general green being complimented by the rusty brown of the teak trees.

The insects usually attack teak in July, but owing to the prolonged dry spell it has made its appearance towards the end of August. The leaf fall in teak will continue in a phased manner up to the end of September.

The Forest Research and Development wing at Warangal is reported to have conducted an experiment with regard to the impact of pestilence on the teak. The experiment did not discover any reason to believe that the insects have an adverse affect on the growth, the forest officials claimed.

Over the years, it has been observed that the trees may lose the inflorescence but regenerate fresh leaves soon after the pest disappears. Wherever such phenomenon occurs, the autumnal leaf shedding of the tree gets delayed beyond December, though the normal autumn time for teak starts in October.

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