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Species:
 
Aulacophora indica (Gmelin, 1790)
   
Common name:
 
Squash beetle
   
Damaging stage:
 
Adult
   
Crops Affected:
 
Cucurbits
   
Characteristic Damage:
 
Attacks flowers, fruits, stem and leaves.
   
Damage is more evident on the leaves, adult beetles feed on a circular pattern creating the characteristic circular holes on the leaves.
   
Severe infestation leads to defoliation.
   
Management and Control:
 
Monitor the area regularly.
   
Plow and harrow the field to destroy and minimize pupation in the soil.
   
Apply insecticides such as carbaryl (e.g. Sevin®, Chopper 85S, Quadro 85 WP, Transocarb 85 WP, Zacarb 85 WP), cartap hydrochloride (e.g.  PadanⓇ, Barena 50 SP, Gemtrak®), lambda-Cyhalothrin (BidaⓇ, KarateⓇ, DescarteⓇ), cypermethrin (e.g. BushwackⓇ, MagnumⓇ, Cymbush 5ECⓇ) deltamethrin (e.g. Decis®, DecideⓇ, ScoutⓇ, Agro DeltametrinⓇ).
   
References:
http://www.plantwise.org/KnowledgeBank/Datasheet.aspx?dsid=7927
https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aulacophora_indica
 

 

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