Bottle gourd plume moth

Bottle gourd plume moth: Sphenarches caffer

Symptoms of damage:

  • Larva feeds on leaves making small holes

Identification of pest

  • Egg: Eggs are laid singly on buds and leaves
  • Larva:  Small, cylindrical and yellowish green with short spines all over body
  • Pupa:  Greenish brown pupa
  • Adult: Slender moth with lobed wings, fringed with scales


  • Collect and destroy larvae and pupae
  • Spray any following insecticides
    • Malathion 50 EC @500 ml/ha
    • Dimethoate 30 EC @500 ml/ha
    • Methyl demeton 25 EC @500 ml/ha



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