Cole crop tobacco caterpillar

Cole crop Tobacco caterpillar: Spodoptera litura

Symptoms of damage:

  • Damage leaves and heads of cabbage and cauliflower
  • Damage leaves of radish and beetroot

Identification of pest:

  • Egg: Masses appear golden brown
  • Larva: Young caterpillars are light green with black head or black spots.  Well grown caterpillars are grey or dark brown
  • Adult: Adult moths are brownish colourForewings are brown colour with wavy white marking, Hindwings are white colour with brown patches along the margin


  • Plough the soil to expose and kill the pupae
  • Grow castor along border and irrigation channel as trap crop
  • Flood the field to drive out the hibernating larvae
  • Set up light trap @1/ha
  • Pheromone traps (Pherodin SL) @ 15/ha to attract male moths
  • Hand pick grown up larvae and kill them
  • Spray Sl NPV @ 1.5 X 1012 POBs/ ha + 2.5 Kg crude sugar + 0.1 % teepol
  • Poison bait: Rice bran 5 Kg + Molasses or Brown sugar 500g + Carbaryl 50 WP 500g+ 3lit of water/ha
  • Spray chlorpyriphos 20 EC 2lit/ha or dichlorovos 76 WSC 1 lit/ha



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