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Rice ear cutting caterpillar

1. The outbreak of rice ear cutting caterpillar (Mythimna separata) was recorded during 1982 initially in Assam and then spread to Manipur, Arunachal, Meghalaya and Tripura. 2. It is an important pest of rice in the region. During outbreaks, it causes 100% damage to the standing crop• 3. The larvae cut the ear head and leave behind the rice shoot resulting in as if the animals have grazed it. It directly affects the yield of the crop.
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