ABSTRACT: Entomophagous coccinellids are perhaps the most familiar of all the predaceous beetle
groups. This charismatic group includes many beneficial species that are voracious predators of
pestiferous aphids, whiteflies, psyllids, scale insects etc. The role of coccinellids in biological control of
sandal insect pests is less studied. In the present study, surveys were conducted to identify the species
spectrum of coccinellids in six sandal provenances of south India. It revealed the presence of 25 species of
coccinellids in the sandal provenances. In the light of these findings, the importance of exploiting these
coccinellids for developing ecologically and environmentally sound insect pest management strategies in
sandal plantations is discussed.