Cardamom Shoot fly: Formosina flavipes
Symptoms of damage:
- Larvae feed on the growing shoot of the young cardamom suckers
- Dead heart.
Identification of pest:
- Eggs: cigar shaped and white colour and is laid in between leaf sheath and pseudostem on the whorl.
- Adult: Fly
- Remove the affected shoots at ground level and destroy them.
- Spray dimethoate or quinalphos (0.05% each).
- TamilNadu Agritech Portal.