Castor spiny caterpillar: Ergolis merione
Symptoms of damage:
- Cause defoliation
Identification of the pest:
- Larva: green coloured, spiny caterpillar with yellow stripe on the dorsal region
- Adult: brown butterfly with black wavy lines on the wings
- To control early stage larvae, spray neem seed kernel extract (NSKE) 5% or spray chlorpyriphos 2.5ml or quinolphos 2ml or neem oil 5ml/ litre of water.
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