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The present investigation aimed at evaluating the effect of silica content in eighteen rice cultivars to the feeding of Oxya nitidula (Walker). Food consumption by O. nitidula was carried out on all the selected cultivars fed through “no-choice” basis. IR 50 was the most preferred in comparison to the other cultivars. The silica content of each cultivars had a negative role with respect to the food consumption by O. nitidula. High silica content in the plant seemed to interfere with feeding of the insect and showed a negative correlation.