Fruit borer

Fruit borer: Congethes (=Dichocrocis) punctiferalis

Symptoms of damage:

  • Caterpillar bores into young fruits
  • Feeds on internal contents (pulp and seeds)
  • Dry up and fall off in without ripening

Identification of pest:

  • Larva – Pale greenish with pink tinge and fine hairs with dark head
  • Adult – Yellowish moth with black spots on the wing and body.


  • Collect and destroy damaged fruits
  • Clean cultivation as weed plants serve as alternate hosts
  • Use light trap @ 1/ ha to monitor the activity of adults
  • Insecticides: Malathion 50 EC 0.1% two rounds, one at flower formation and next at fruit set.



  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal
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