Red cotton bug

Red cotton bug: Dysdercus cingulatusi

Symptom of damage:

  • Red stained lint and rotting bolls
  • Inner boll wall with warty growth or water-soaked spots
  • Young bolls abort and turn dark brown
  • The bacterium Nematosporagossypii enters the site of injury and stains the fibre

Identification of the pest:

  • Nymphs and Adults – Reddish bugs with white bands on the abdomen and black markings on the wings


    1. Plough the field to expose the eggs
    2. Spray phosphamidon 40 SL 600 ml/ha.


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