Shoot fly

Shoot fly: Atherigona approximata

Symptom of damage:

  • Young plants dry up causing dead heart
  • Ear heads- chaffy grains in the tip and well-developed grains in the lower portion of ear heads

Identification of the pest:

  • Adult – Greyish white fly


  • Use seeds pelleted with insecticides
  • Seed treatment with imidacloprid 70 WS 10 g/kg of seeds
  • Plough soon after harvest, remove and destroy the stubbles.
  • Set up the TNAU low cost fish meal trap 12/ha
  • Spray any one of the following insecticides
    • Methyl demeton 25 EC 500 ml/ha
    • Dimethoate 30 EC 500 ml/ha
    • Neem seed kernel extract 5%
    • Neem Azal 1%


  • TNAU Agritech Portal.
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