Tea mosquito bug

Tea mosquito bug: Helopeltis antonii 

Symptoms of damage:

  • Nymphs and adults make punctures on petiole, tender shoots and fruits
  • Brownish – black necrotic patches develop on foliage
  • Elongate streaks and patches develop on shoots
  • Corky scab formation on fruits

Identification of pest:

  • Nymph and adult: Reddish brown, elongate bug with black head, red thorax
  • black and white abdomen


  • Collect and destroy the damaged plant parts
  • Insecticides: malathion 50 EC  0.2%   at bimonthly interval at the time of flowering



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