Castor hairy caterpillar

Castor hairy caterpillar: Pericallia ricini 

Symptoms of damage:

  • Caterpillar scraping the chlorophyll content and windowing in unfurled leaves.

Identification of pest:

  • Larva: Black with brown head having long brown hairs
  • Adult: Grey coloured with dark spots on the pinkish hind wings


  • Collect and destroy egg masses and caterpillars
  • Use burning torch to kill the congregating larvae
  • Use light trap to attract and kill the adults
  • Spray chlorpyriphos 20 EC or quinalphos 25 EC 2ml/lit.



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