Hairy caterpillars

Hairy caterpillars:Euproctis fraterna, Prothesia scintillans

Symptoms of damage:

  • Defoliation.

Identification of pest:

Euproctis fraterna

  • Larva – yellowish with brown head, yellowish stripe with central red line
  • black hairs dorsally on first three segments
  • Adult – yellowish moth with black spots.

Prothesia scintillans

  • Larva – Reddish with redhead surrounded by whitish hairs
  •  Adult – yellowish moth with a transverse line on the fore wings.


  • Collect and destroy egg masses and caterpillars
  • Use burning torch to kill the congregating larvae
  • Use light trap to attract and kill the adults
  • Spray chlorpyriphos 20 EC or quinalphos 25 EC 2ml/lit



  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal
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