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Plume moth

Plume moth: Exelastis atomosa  (Peterophoridae: Lepidoptera)


  • Adult is small moth with yellowish brown wings, forewings are cut into 2 plumes and hind wings into 3.
  • The green oval eggs are laid singly on buds and pods.
  • Larvae are green or brown, spindle shaped and covered with spines and hair. 

Damaging systems:

  • The larvae bore into the buds, flowers and pods and feed on the developing grains.
  • By feeding on the buds holes are formed, and the larvae proceed by further heading up the grains.
  • The larva excretes inside the damaged grains and pods and due to this fungus develops in it.

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