33 days) of cotton stainer was observed in CSS method.
Key words: Cotton stainer, Dysdercus koenigii, rearing methods, cylindrical perforated plastic bottles, moist cotton seed, integrated rearing technique, fecundity, biocontrol agent.
Recently, cotton stainer, Dysdercus koenigii Fabricius (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae), which is commonly known as red cotton bug, has resurged as a destructive pest in cotton zone of Pakistan (Ahmad and Mohammad, 1983; Ashfaq et al.
A major reason for increased population of the cotton stainer is its faster egg development (Venugopal et al.
Plastic made general mass rearing cages measuring 30x18x28 inches (LxWxD) and having three aerations holes (4x6 inches each) covered with fine mesh were used to rear cotton stainer.
Selected cotton stainer pairs were released in the plastic experimental rearing cages measuring 15x9x15 inches (L x W x D) having two aerations holes (3x3 inches each) covered with fine mesh.
Table I shows comparison of egg batches and number of eggs/batch laid, longevity and mortality of cotton stainer using different rearing techniques.