Cardamom Shoot fly

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).



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