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Mustard Sawfly Management

Mustard Sawfly Management

  • It is the most important seeding pest of rapeseed and mustard
  • Adult fly is orange coloured with black head.
  • The larvae of this pest feed on the leaves of rapeseed and mustard making holes.
  • In severe case larvae eat up entire lamina of leaf leaving behind the midribs.
  • In extreme case, this pest defoliates the plants completely.


  1. Dusting the 2% Methyl Parathion dust at the rate of 20-25 kg per hectare controls the pest effectively.
  2. Spray the crop with 0.05% Malathion50EC.

Note:Do not pluck the leaves within 7 days after spraying.

Mustard sawgly larvae



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Please note that this is the opinion of the author and is Not Certified by ICAR or any of its authorised agents.