Green Gram Spotted pod borer

Green Gram Spotted pod borer: Maruca testulalis

Symptoms of damage 

  • Defoliation in early stages
  • Larva’s head alone thrust inside the pods and the rest of the body hanging out.
  • Pods with round holes

Identification of the pest

  • Larva – Greenish white with brown head. It has two pairs of dark spots on the back of each segment
  • Adult – Forewings– light brown colour with white markings; Hindwings – white colour with brown markings at the lateral edge


  • ETL: 3/plant
  • Phosalone 0.07% (Spray fluid 625 ml/ha)
    Note : When the activity of coccinellid predator (both grubs and adults) is seen, insecticide application should be avoided.



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