Spotted pod borer

Spotted pod borer: Maruca testulalis

Symptoms of damage

  • Bore holes on the buds, flower or pods
  • Infested pods and flowers are webbed together.

Identification of the pest

  • Larva – Greenish white with brown head. It has two pairs of dark spots on the back of each segment
  • Adult – Forewings– light brown colour with white markings; Hindwings – white colour with brown markings at the lateral edge


  • ETL: 3/plant
  • Phosalone 0.07% (Spray fluid 625 ml/ha)
    Note: When the activity of coccinellid predator (both grubs and adults) is seen, an insecticide application should be avoided.



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