Brown plant leafhopper

Brown plant leafhopper: Nilaparvata lugens

Symptoms of damage:

  • Nymphs and adults congregate at the base of the plant above the water level
  • Affected plant dries up and gives a scorched appearance called “hopper burn”.
  • Circular patches of drying and lodging of matured plant
  • It is vector of grassy stunt, ragged stunt and wilted stunt diseases
  • Ovipositional marks exposing the plant to fungal and bacterial infections
  • Ragged stunt or grassy stunt virus disease plant may be observed

Identification of insect pest:

  • Egg: Eggs are laid in a group of 2 to 12 in leaf sheath (near the plant base or in the ventral midribs of leaf blades). White, transparent, slender cylindrical and curved eggs are thrust in straight-line in two rows. (They are covered with a dome-shaped egg plug secreted by the female. Only the tips protrude from the plant surface.)
  • Nymph: Freshly hatched nymph is cottony white, 0.6 mm long and it turns purple-brown, 3.0 mm long in the fifth instar.
  • Adult: Adult hopper is 4.5-5.0 mm long and has a yellowish brown to dark brown body. The adults exist in two forms, macropterous and brachypterous. Macropterous adults or long-winged have normal front and hind wings, whereas brachypterous forms or the short-winged have reduced hind wings. A prominent tibial spur is present on the third leg.

ETL: 1 hopper/ tiller in the absence of predatory spider and 2 hoppers /tiller when spider is present at 1/hill.

  • Avoid excessive use of nitrogen
  • Control irrigation by intermittent draining
  • Set up light traps during night or yellow pan traps during day time
  • Drain the water before use of insecticides and direct the spray towards the base of the plants.
  • Apply Neem oil 3% 15 lit/ha
  • Apply any one of the following insecticides
    • Phosalone 35 EC 1500 ml/ha
    • Carbaryl 10 D 25 kg/ha
    • Methyl demeton 25 EC 1000 ml/ha
    • Chlorpyriphos 20 EC 1250 ml/ha
    • Acephate 75 % SP 666-1000 g/ha
    • Azadirachtin 0.03% 1000 ml/ha
    • Buprofezin 25% SC 800 ml/ha
    • Carbosulfan 25 EC 800-1000 ml/ha
    • Chlorantraniliprole 18.5% SC 150 g/ha
    • Chlorantraniliprole 0.4% G 10 kg/ha
    • Dichlorvos 76%SC 470 ml/ha
    • Fenoucarb (BPMC) 50% EC 500-1500 ml/ha
    • Fipronil 5% SC 1000-1500 ml/ha
    • Fipronil 0.3% GR 16670-25000 g/ha
    • Imidacloprid 70% WG 30-35 kg/ha
    • Imidacloprid 17.8 SL 100-125 ml/ha
    • Phosphamidon 875 ml/ha
    • Triazophos 40% EC 625-1250 ml/ha



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