Rice horned caterpillar

Rice horned caterpillar: Melanitis ismene

Symptom of damage:

  • Larva feeds on leaf blades of rice.
  • Leaves are defoliated from the margin or tip irregularly

Identification of insect pest:

  • Egg: white eggs singly on the leaves
  • Larva: lightly flattened with two red horns processes on the head, two yellow processes in the anal end
  • Pupa: chrysalis, which suspends from the leaf
  • Adult: dark brown with large wings having a black yellow eye-like spot one on each of the forewings


  • Spray the crop with chlorpyriphos 20 EC 1250 ml/ha



  • TNAU Agritech Portal
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