Yellow hairy caterpillar

Yellow hairy caterpillar: Psalis pennatula

Symptoms of damage:

  • Caterpillar causes defoliation

Identification of insect pest:

  • Egg: yellow coloured pubescent eggs are found in groups on leaf surface
  • Larva: caterpillar is yellowish brown with red stripes. Orange head and tufts of hairs all over the body.
  • Pupa: pale white cocoon of silk and frass attached to the leaf
  • Adult: moth is stout with straw coloured forewings



  • Spray the crop with chlorpyriphos 20 EC 1250 ml/ha



  • TNAU Agritech Portal.
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