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Nature of damage of the Gram cut worm(Agrotis ipsilon)

 

Nature of damage of the Gram cut worm(Agrotis ipsilon)


They are known as cutworms because these cut the plants and fell down to the ground either the whole plants like gram or their twigs. They are some times also called as surface caterpillars because their activities are mostly confined few centimeters of the surface soil. The damage is caused by the larvae which hide during the day and come out in the evening to cause the damage. First of all they feed on the epidermis of the fallen leaves or the green leaves touching the ground. Later, the caterpillars cut the leaf or shoot or the plants just above the ground level and buried in the soil. The attack of cut worm in gram is confined from November to February.

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