Adults are small, brown moths with a wing of
about 20 mm.
Eggs are laid in clusters on fully mature pods.
The young larvae are green, but become
pinkish- red as they get older.
Larvae feed inside the pod, reaching a
maximum length of 15 mm.
Pupation takes place in the soil.
Larvae are generally found infesting maturing
and dried pods.
Populations of this pest build up by the end
of the season, when the temperature is high.
The larva feeds on maturing seeds after
entering the pods.
Faucal pellets are seen inside the damaged
Apply chemical insecticide only if the pest population crosses ETL.
Spraying of endosulfan 35 EC 0.07% ( 2ml of 35 EC/lit. of water)
monocrotophos 36SL 0.04% (1 ml of 36 SL /litre of water) or
chlorpyriphos 20 EC @ 3.5 ml/lit. of water at 600-1000 lit. of spray
material per ha. with hand sprayer.
The adult are brown forewings with white club shaped marking
and hind wings are white with irregular blotch.
The larva is whitish-green.
The eggs are oval and yellow laid in small batches commonly
The larva webs together the leaves, buds and pods and feeds
inside these webs.
The caterpillar also bores into pods and eat up the ripening
A crown mass of excrement is seen at the entrance into the
Timely sowing should be done preferably up to first quarter
Excess application of nitrogen should be avoided.
Water logging should be prevented.
Conserve ants and praying mantids as these are good
predators of egg and larva of the pest.
Apply chemical insecticide only if the pest population
Spraying of 0.07% endosulfan ( 2ml of 35 EC/lit. of water)
or 0.04% monocrotophos ( 1 ml of 36 Sl /litre of water) or
chlorpyriphos 20 EC @ 3.5 ml/lit. of water at 600-1000 lit. of
spray material per ha. with hand sprayer.