Opium poppy Cutworm

Opium poppy Cutworm: Agrotis spp

Symptoms of damage:

  • Larva cut the younger plant at the base above the ground level.
  • Larva remains concealed in cracks in the ground and active at night.

Identification of the pest:

  • Larva is dark brown with the red coloured head.
  • Adult – brown in colour and dark colour spots on the wings


  • Hand pick the caterpillars and destroy
  • Spray NSKE 5%
  • Poison bait with rice bran, jiggery and carbaryl can be used



  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal
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