Fruit borers

Fruit borersDeudorix (Virachola) isocrates 

Symptoms of damage:

  • Caterpillar bores into young fruits
  • Feeds on internal contents (pulp and seeds)

Identification of pest:

  • Larvae – dark brown, short and stout, covered with short hairs
  • Adult – blusih brown butterfly. Female – V shaped patch on forewing.


  • 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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