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Exelastis atomosa

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.

Plume moth

Plume moth: Exelastis atomosa  (Peterophoridae: Lepidoptera)

Plume Moth


  1. Adults have brown plume-like wings (Top Figure).
  2. Larvae are green or brown, spindle shaped and covered with short spines (Bottom Bottom Figure).
  3. Green oval eggs are laid singly on buds and pods.
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