Shoot Borer (Scorbipalpa Ergasima) – Symptoms and Damage Prevention

This is a lonely translucent back head caterpillar which attacks bugs, mostly during dry season. It is the type of disease that affects crops like Egg plant.

At the end of larval stage, the caterpillar becomes red and falls on the soil where it will become a nymph. Holes due to caterpillar exit can then be seen on bud.

Symptoms and Damage

Caterpillars eat the inside part of buds, including abortion. Sometimes, they also attack young fruits, eating the inside part and stopping total development of the fruit.

Damage Prevention

Some of the damage preventive measures include the following:

  1. Regularly check buds before flowering.
  2. Apply an insecticide (Bacillus thuringiensis).

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