Groundnut bud borer

Groundnut bud borer: Anarsia ephippias

Symptoms of damage:

  • The larva bores into the terminal buds and shoots and tip of the stem
  •  The tender leaflets emerging from central spindle will show shot-hole symptoms initially
  •  In severe infestation emerging leaflets will have only the midribs or several oblong feeding holes.

Identification of the pest:

  • Larvae:  Chocolate brown in colour and 10-15 mm long


  • Neem oil 3 per cent and leaf extract of Vitex negumdo (notchi) 5 per cent are effective against this pest
  • The parasitoids Brachymeria sp cause parasitism up to 24 per cent on larvae.



  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal.
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