Bush Frog

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    • Recently, the Bush frogs have been identified as cardamom-friendly which helps in killing moths that are known to destroy cardamom’s pseudostem, a major menace faced by farmers. 

    About 

    • Scientific Name: Raorchestes ponmudi.
      • It is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family.
    • Life Cycle: The bush frog’s life cycle is entirely different unlike other frog species and water sources are not primarily needed for the growth of its eggs.
    • Food: It eats up the shoot borer Conogethes punctiferalis that enters through immature panicles and attacks the shoots and stems, thus destroying cardamom plants, often on a large scale. 
    • Distribution: The bush frog is widely found in the Ponmudi area of the Western Ghats (endemic to the Western Ghats)and is familiar to cardamom planters.
      • The bush frog is also common in the CHR (Cardamom Hill Reserve) areas of Udumbanchola and Peerumade in the Idukki district. 
    • Threats: Aggressive pesticide application is a threat to the bush frog.
    • IUCN Status: Critically Endangered 

    Image Courtesy: TH

    Source: TH