Shoot borer

Shoot borer: Clumetia transversa

Symptoms of damage

  • Terminal shoots show tunnel from top to downwards.
  • Stunting of seedlings with terminal bunchy appearance.

Identification of pest

  • Larva – Caterpillar is dark pink with dark brown prothroacic shield.
  • Adult – Adult is greyish moth with grey wings having wavy lines.


  • Field sanitation
  • Collect and destroy the infested plant parts
  • Summer ploughing to expose the pupae
  • Spray carbaryl 50WP 0.1%.



  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal
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