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Insect pest

Plume Moth: Pigeop pea

Plume Moth

      This is a serious pest of Pigeon pea. The larvae damage seeds as well as cause flowers, buds and pods to drop. The caterpillar is greenish-brown in color and fringed with short hairs and spines. It also enters into the pod and feeds on developing grains.

Pod Borer in Pigeon Pea

Pod Borer (Helicoverpa armigera)

This is widely distributed and is the most injurious pest of early and medium maturing varieties. The larvae, after hatching, feed on tender leaves and twigs but at pod formation they puncture pods and feed on developing grains. The caterpillars are green with dark brown, grey lines along the sides of the body.

Pigeonpea pod borer

    Bollworm/pod borer: Helicoverpa armigera Hubner(Noctuidae:Lepidoptera)


Blister beetle

Blister beetle: Zonabris pustulata (Meloidae: Coleoptera)


Spotted pod borer

Pod fly

 Pod fly: Melanagromyza obtusa (Agromzidae: Diptera)


Plume moth

Plume moth: Exelastis atomosa  (Peterophoridae: Lepidoptera)

Green pod borer

Green pod borer: Etiella zinckenella  (Noctuidae:Lepidoptera)

Nodule damaging fly


  1. Flies have black bands on their wings (Fig.).
  2. Eggs are laid on plants and in the soil.
  3. Larva is cream-colored and 10 mm long.



  1. Social insects that form colonies in chambers below the soil surface.
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