Castor spiny caterpillar

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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