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Gram cutworm

Gram cutworm: Agrotis ipsilon :(Noctuidae:Lepidoptera)


Adult:  brownish with numerous wavy lines and spots, measuring 3 to 5 cm across wings.

Eggs: laid on earth clods, chickpea stem bases and on both sides of leaves.

Larva:  dark brown with red head.

Pupa: Pupation takes place in earthen cocoon.


Damaging symptoms:           

  • The caterpillar hides during the day and come out in the evening for damage.
  • They remain the soil at a depth of 2-4 inches.
  • The caterpillars cut the tender plants at the base, and branches or stems of growing plants.
  • The caterpillars drag the cut parts into soil for feeding.

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