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Green pod borer

Green pod borer: Etiella zinckenella  (Noctuidae:Lepidoptera)


  • 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.

Damaging systems:

  • The larva feeds on maturing seeds after entering the pods.
  • Fecal pellets are seen inside the damaged pods.

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