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safflower capsule borer

Capsule Borer (Helicoverpa armigera)

Nature of Damage:

  • During early stages of crop growth, it damages leaves and shoot apices.
  • Then it is often noticed on capitula at later stage.
  • Typical symptoms are perforated leaves and involucral bracts, partially or completely eaten capitula.
  • Dried black excreted pellets are seen on the infested parts and the larvae is seen on the holes of the capsule



Cultural Control:

  • Avoid chickpea as intercrop.
  • Hand pick and destroy caterpillars.


Chemical Control:

  • Spray dimethoate (0.07%) or endosulfan (0.07%) at the rate of 500 litres of spray mixture per ha.



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