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Leaf Miners in Chickpea

Leaf miners
Mines caused on the surface of the leaflet
Damage symptoms :


  • Pale serpentine mines on the upper surface of the leaflets.

  • Heavy attacks lead to defoliation.

Description :

  • Adult flies (1.5 mm long) are black and yellow. o Small, white eggs are laid in the punctures made on the upper surface of the leaflets.

  • The egg hatches within 4 days and the yellow, maggot-like larvae tunnels through the parenchyma, forming a mine.

  • The larvae reaches full size (3 mm long) in about a week and pupates either in the leaf, or more commonly in the soil.

Mines caused on the surface of the leaflet

Control :

  • Low dosages of monocrotophos (0.025 kg a.i. ha-1) applied during the vegetative stage to prevent buildup of infestations.

  • Early sowing helps reduce losses as late-sown crops suffer most damage.

  • Deep ploughing to reduce emergence from puparia.In some areas, parasites give adequate control of the leafminers.

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