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Chickpea/Bengalgram pod borer

Bengal gram Pod borer: Helicoverpa armigera Hubner (Noctuidae:Lepidoptera)

Local name: Kaayi korak, kadale hulu


Egg: yellowish, shiny and laid singly on all plant parts                          Larva: 40 mm long and hairy and varied in col                      

Adult: The adult measures about 30-36 mm in its wing expanse and 14 to 18 mm in   its body length. The forewings are marked with greyish wavy lines and black spots of varying size on upper side and a black kidney shaped mark and a round spot on the upper side. The hind wings are whitish and lighter in colour. 


Damaging systems:

  • At initial stage feeds on green leaves later it feeds on flower bud and pods.
  • The matured larvae half body inside the fruit half out side this peculiar characteristics.
  • Due to feeding on flower buds and flower lead to reduces in fruit setting.
  • About 40 to 50% loss


                               Damage symptom on leaves and pods                   Feeding on Chickpea pod

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