Gram caterpillar

Gram caterpillar: Helicoverpa armigera Hub.

Symptoms of damage:

  • Young larva bores into bud and eats the internal content.
  • Feed by thrusting the head inside the bud leaving the rest of its body outside.
  • Flowers with perforated petals are seen.

Identification of the pest:

  • Larva – greenish with dark grey lines laterally on the body.
  • Adult – medium-sized moth with V-shaped speck and a dark border on the hind wings
  • black spot on the forewings.


  • Hand picking of caterpillars.
  • Spray chlorpyriphos 2ml/lit of water.



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