Tussock caterpillar: Orgyia (=Notolophus )postica
Symptoms of damage:
- Cause defoliation
Identification of the pest:
- Larva: Head is brown in colour. Prothorax with a pair of long pencils of hairs pointing forward. Abdomen- laterally first two segments have tufts of yellowish hair. Long brown hairs from the 8th segment onwards
- Adult: Male moth with brown coloured with stout abdomen. Female apterous water
- To control early stage larvae, spray neem seed kernel extract (NSKE) 5% or spray chlorpyriphos 2.5ml or monocrotophos or quinolphos 2ml or neem oil 5ml/ litre of water.
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