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Rice horned caterpillar ( Pachhai kombupuzhu )

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1. Common name - Rice horned caterpillar .

2. Scientific name - Melanitis ismene.

3. Vernacular name - Pachhai kombupuzhu ( பச்சை கொம்புப்புழு ).

Damage of Rice horned caterpillar :

• Larva feeds on leaf blades of rice.

• Leaves are defoliated from the margin or tip irregularly.

Identification of Rice horned caterpillar:

 • Egg - White eggs singly on the leaves is green.

• Larva - Lightly flattened with two red horns processes on the head.

 • Two yellow processes in the anal end .

• Pupa - Chrysalis, which suspends from the leaf.

• Adult - dark brown with large wings having a black .

• yellow eye like spot one on each of the fore wings.

Management of Rice horned caterpillar:

 • Spray endosulfan 35 EC 1000 ml / ha or monocrotophos 36 WSC 500 ml / ha.

File Courtesy: 
TNRRI, Aduthurai
Photo Courtesy: 
TNRRI,Aduthurai
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