Pumpkin beetles / Red beetles

Pumpkin beetles: Red Beetle: Aulacophora foveicollis, Purple bettele:A. cincta, Ash beetle:A. Intermedia

Symptoms of damage:

  • Grubs feeds on the roots, stem and fruits touching the soil
  • Adult feeds on leaf and flowers.

Identification of pest:

  • Grub: Freshly hatched dirty white, fully grown grub creamy yellow in colour

Aulacophora foveicollis:  red in colour
A. cincta: grey in colour having glistening yellow red border
A. intermedia: blue in colour


  • Plough the fields just after harvesting destroy the hibernating adults
  • Collect and destroy adult beetles
  • Spray malathion 50 EC @ 500 ml or dimethoate 30 EC 500 ml or methyl demeton 25 EC@ 500 ml/ ha.



  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal.
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