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Rice Swarming Caterpillar

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Scientific name: Spodoptera mauritia, Noctuidae, Lepidoptera.

Symptom of attack: Nurseries found completely eaten away by the caterpillars’ overnight.

Nature of damage: Caterpillars march in large numbers in the evening hours and feed on the leaves of paddy seedlings till the morning and hide during daytime.

They feed gregariously and after feeding the plants in one field march onto the next field.

Under severe infestation crop gives the appearance of grazed plants. Attacked plants are reduced to stumps.

Nurseries situated in ill-drained marshy areas attacked are earlier than dry ground. Damage is severe during July to September.

Management of Rice swarming caterpillar: Spraying of Super D (Chlorphyriphos 50% + Cypermethryn 5%) or Nural D 55 EC @ 1.25 liter in 500 liter water for 1 ha give positive results.

File Courtesy: 
C S Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur
Photo Courtesy: 
C S Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur
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