Banana aphid

Banana aphid: Pentalonia nigronervosa f. typica

Symptoms of damage:

  • Leaves are bunched into a rosette appearance, stunted growth and leaf margins are wavy with upward rolling
  • Do not produce bunches
  • Vector of bunchy top disease
  • Seen in colonies on leaf axils and pseudostem

Identification of pest:

  • Nymphs: Are dark in colour
  • Adult: Brownish and has black-veined wings


  • Ensure clean cultivation
  • Use healthy and pest free suckers to check the pest incidence
  • Destroy diseased plants with rhizome
  • Spray methyl demeton 25 EC 0.05%
  • Encourage activity of predators like ScymnusChilomenes sexmaculatusChrysoperla carnea and other coccinellids
  • Use Beauveria bassiana




  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal.
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