Experiments were conducted during two consecutive years (1983 and 1984) on irrigated rice, in the Southwest of Burkina Faso, in order to monitor the seasonal incidence of the rice gall midge, Orseolia oryzivora H. et G.
The damage incidence is the same whatever the date of planting within the rainy season. Attacks are low during the early growth phase of the rice plants (0 to 3% of “silver shoot”), and increase gradually to reach spectacular levels (20 to 55% of “silver shoot”) between 70 and 90 days after transplantation, after which there is decreased attack.
Parasitism is an important check on the larval population of the pest; up to 77% of parasitized larvae were observed. However, this parasitism due mainly to microhymenoptera, Platygaster diplosisae Risb. and Tetrastichus pachydiplosisae Risb., gets established late.
These results could contribute significantly in developing an IPM process on irrigated rice in Burkina Faso.